The LMS in the age of Generative AI

Extending our debate




Generative AI (GenAI), Learning Management System (LMS), Technology Ecosystem, Knowledge Creation, Student Learning, Academic Research, Academic Integrity


Whilst Covid-19 raised a range of questions about the utility of the Learning Management System (LMS) and other technologies for teaching and learning, the advent of Generative AI (GenAI) poses new and fundamental questions about the teaching and learning technology ecosystem of our universities. We argue that these questions extend beyond the impact of GenAI on student learning, the assessment of students and academic integrity. Rather, the impact of GenAI on higher education represents a threshold concept that, once grasped, will entail a paradigm shift in the sector’s self-understanding.

Author Biographies

Iain Doherty, Deakin University

Dr Iain Doherty (PhD, MLitt, BAHons, SFHEA ) has had a leadership career in teaching and learning grounded in inclusive leadership practices with responsibilities for strategic and operational planning, project management, change management. Iain teaching and learning leadership is grounded in a solid knowledge of learning theories; curriculum and course design principles; purposeful use of technologies to enhance teaching and learning. Iain has also engaged significantly with creating effective professional development opportunities for teachers. Iain’s publication list reflects his areas of career expertise along with his appreciation of collaborative research. 

Julie Willems, Monash University

Julie Willems (SRN, BA, GDipED, MEd Honours, Phd, SFHEA) holds qualifications in Nursing, the Humanities, and Education. Her research interests include educational equity; educational technologies including social media; learning and teaching in higher education; medical education and the rural health workforce; and disaster trauma, recovery and growth.

Henk Huijser, Queensland University of Technology

Henk has been a Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Learning Design in the Learning and Teaching Unit at Queensland University of Technology since September 2017. He has wide ranging experience in curriculum design and academic development in different higher education contexts, including in Australia (USQ and Batchelor Institute), the Middle East (Bahrain Polytechnic) and China (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University). He has a PhD in Screen and Media Studies from the University of Waikato.

Francesca Bussey, Deakin University

Fran Bussey is a lecturer and researcher at Deakin University specialising in teaching and learning in higher education. She directly supports the Faculty of Arts and Education, and works out of Deakin Learning Futures to support teaching and learning in contemporary contexts. She has a special interest in innovative, evidence based practice that supports students and staff in their learning and teaching ambitions. She also provides advice and recommendations on meeting central and external accreditation requirements (legislative and policy-based), and in achieving strategic agendas (WIL, Cloud, Portfolio). 






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