TEDxYoungstown 2024
Jennifer Pintar

Jennifer Pintar: AI is Great for Higher Ed!

About Jennifer Pintar
Mother | Educator | Outdoor Lover

Jennifer graduated from Washington & Jefferson with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master and Doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. Having worked at Youngstown State University (YSU) since 1999, she has served as a faculty member, department chairperson, vice provost, and now, provost.

She received two Distinguished Professor in Teaching awards at YSU; the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education Celebration of Teaching Excellence Award; the Ohio Magazine Excellence in Teaching Award; and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jennifer Pintar’s educational philosophy is centered on transforming higher education into a more engaging and dynamic landscape. She has two daughters both of whom attend college and share their mother’s passion for education and the outdoors.

Jennifer’s Talk: AI is Great for Higher Ed!

Higher education faces a critical juncture with declining student populations and waning belief in the value of a college degree. This trend is coupled with students’ preference for alternative learning methods over traditional college environments due to concerns over stress, return on investment, and immediate entry into the workforce.

Generative AI emerges as a pivotal tool to address these challenges, offering personalized, stress-reducing learning experiences that can adapt to diverse student needs. The use of AI can revolutionize teaching methods, align with the principles of Bloom’s Taxonomy to foster higher-order thinking, and enhance student engagement and creativity. Embracing AI in education is not optional but necessary for the survival and relevance of higher education, allowing for an ethical, inclusive, and forward-thinking approach to learning.

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