“Personalized project management learning with chatbots – insights from the EU-funded ChatLearn project”
On the 25th of January, the Artificial intelligence and the Smarter U Special Interest Groups co-hosted the online webinar “Personalized project management learning with chatbots – insights from the EU-funded ChatLearn project”, which was attended by more than 150 participants from various industries and backgrounds. The purpose of the webinar was to provide an overview of chatbot technology and its potential applications in project management education, demonstrating the results achieved through the EU-funded ChatLearn project both from a technical and pedagogical perspective.
Martina Huemann, professor at WU Vienna, led the webinar allowing the panellists – Hannele Lampele, Kirsi Aaltonen, Jaakko Kujala, Ville Laakso and Dalun Chen (from the University of Oulu); Mauro Mancini and Costanza Mariani (from Politecnico di Milano); Þórður Víkingur Friðgeirsson and Helgi Þór Ingason (from Reykjavik University) and Veniamin Kizeev (Global head of IPMA Smarter U Special Interest Group) – to provide an overview of the ChatLearn project results, highlighting the potential applications of chatbots in project management education.
In the first part of the webinar, a demonstration of the chatbot developed as part of the ChatLearn project was shown. The chatbot, which currently covers earned value management, will include the issues of stakeholder engagement, project initiation and development of the project plan, scope and communications management, risk and cost management, project control and project organizing.
ChatLearn can train students on the main project management topics and provide them with additional material on the issues, thus enabling them both to test their learning and integrate their knowledge of the subject.
In the second part of the webinar, after presenting the chatbot’s pedagogical concept development, a state of the art of the use of chatbots in education was outlined, also looking at experiences from other universities, provided by Veniamin Kizeev – Global head of IPMA Smarter U Special Interest Group, who highlighted that Smart universities would be more technological, but this imposes an obligation on both staff and teachers to use new, more efficient technologies and be open to similar experiments with AI and beyond.
The webinar provided a comprehensive overview of chatbot technology and its potential applications in project management education. The panellists highlighted the benefits of using chatbots in project management education, such as increased engagement, personalization, accessibility, and efficiency while acknowledging some challenges and limitations.
The participants were encouraged to test ChatLearn with their students and to explore the possibilities of chatbot technology in their organizations and educational institutions.
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