ADAPT discusses: AI in the virtual classroom

18 November 2021

ADAPT & the RoomReader project invite you to a Citizens’ Think-In to discuss how Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be used in online classrooms to improve the teaching and learning experience.

30 November from 4.00-5.45pm, online


During the pandemic, many schools and universities were forced to quickly move all their teaching online. Classrooms became virtual. Every teacher and student required a camera, a microphone, and a computer to join their classes through apps like Zoom.

It became very difficult for teachers to tell if their students were engaged as many decided to keep their cameras and microphones turned off. But what if there was a new AI feature on Zoom that could help teachers to “read a room”….

RoomReader is an SFI Covid Rapid Response project led by Naomi Harte, Associate Professor in the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin, and Benjamin Cowan, Assistant Professor at University College Dublin’s School of Information & Communication Studies, exploring ways and implications of using AI to identify student engagement during online classes. This type of technology could help teachers respond to their students, but just because we CAN do something, does it mean we SHOULD?

This ADAPT Citizens’ Think-In is funded by the SFI Discover programme and is part of the Conference on the Future of Europe and Science Foundation Ireland’s Creating Our Future national brainstorm initiative.

Register now for the discussion that takes place online on 30 November 2021 from 4.00 – 5.45pm.

Event outline

  • Join our experts for a quick conversation on what the future of virtual classrooms could look like
  • Then participate in a break out discussion, where you can share your opinion on the future of AI and teaching


What will I do during the Think-In?

During the Think-In, you will have the chance to listen to experts on the topic and will then be invited to join small discussion groups. You don’t need to have any expertise in the area – we will provide all the information you need and we are interested in hearing opinions from everyone.