Prof. David J. Malan: Using AI as a Personal Tutor - In-Person!

Please join us for an engaging, interactive, and entertaining discussion about how Prof. Malan and his team have created and are using AI as a personal tutor for his students.  Prof. Malan teaches CS50, which has more than 600 in-person students at Harvard, more than 200 in-person students at Yale, and more than 5.5 million registrants on edX.


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Using AI as a Personal Tutor

• How do we approximate a 1:1 teacher-to-student ratio through software?

• How can we equip students with a subject-matter expert by their side at all times?

• How can we guide students toward solutions rather than offer solutions outright?

• Please join us for networking, an entertaining presentation, plus an opportunity to ask your own questions!


In Summer 2023 and Fall 2023, Prof. Malan and his team actively tested an AI-powered chatbot, implemented as a virtual rubber duck (a la rubber-duck debugging), developed specifically for CS50.  The CS50 Duck (aka was first deployed to approximately 70 summer students, then to 1,000's of students online, and finally to approximately 500 on-campus students.  Prof. Malan will discuss the development of, detailing the challenges faced, solutions proposed, and results achieved, all toward realizing a long-held aspiration: a 1:1 teacher-to-student ratio.


Prof David J. Malan - This is CS50

Prof. David J. Malan: Using AI as a Personal Tutor - In-Person!


Monday, March 25, 2024

5:45pm - 7:00pm PT - Networking Reception

7:00pm - 8:30pm PT - Prof Malan presentation followed by Q&A


Cost:  $20 to cover our costs

Light appetizers and Soft Drinks will be served at the Private Reception


Wyckoff Auditorium

Seattle University

901 12th Ave

Seattle, WA 98122

Capitol Hill neighborhood


Prof David J. Malan lecturing in his CS50 class

Prof. David J. Malan: Using AI as a Personal Tutor - In-Person!


David J. Malan, PhD, CS50 Professor

Carlos Obando, HCS & HAE Director, Harvard Alumni for Education

Kelly Charlton, HCS President

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Harvard CS50's Introduction to Computer Science on edX

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