Title

Student Academic Success Workshop (part 2): Generative AI

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

8-23-2023

Sponsoring Department(s)

Academic Affairs

Abstract

A workshop focused on addressing some of the issues about generative AI that were raised in the letter from faculty last May, specifically looking at questions about ethical use of generative AI and maintaining trust in the classroom by establishing expectations for use of generative AI. Workshop agenda: a. Instructional Technology staff will give a brief introduction to generative AI, show some examples of what it can do today, and talk about how the technology is evolving. The goal is to give context around what faculty might encounter this fall and into the future. b. Laura Taylor, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, will facilitate an interactive session with faculty and staff. During this session, we will discuss common concerns and considerations for teaching in time of AI, such as academic integrity, ethical uses of the technology, and its implications for student success. We will explore practical applications and pedagogical strategies for teaching and assignment design with the goal of helping instructors determine what approaches and policies regarding generative AI are the best fit for their classes and prepare to effectively set expectations with their students. Laura has identified three brief resources as useful readings to help us prepare for these conversations. We encourage you to review them prior to the workshop. 1) For those who are unfamiliar with generative AI, the University of South Carolina’s teaching guide, “Chat GPT for Teaching and Learning” offers a helpful introduction to Chat GPT and its implications for teaching and learning in higher education 2) Ryan Watkins article, “From AI to A+: Prepare your Students for Using Chat GPT and Other AI” is an excellent resource. Not only is Watkins’ framing nice (i.e., It Begins with Conversations (plural), Clarify Ethical Boundaries, Put It into Practice), but there is a hidden gem under bullet point 5. It is a survey that helps faculty set a benchmark of what they consider an inappropriate use of AI compared to the students' understanding, which could help lead to rich, meaningful discussions ethical use of AI in your courses 3) Kevin Gannon’s article, “Should You Add an AI Policy To Your Syllabus? What to consider in drafting your own course policy on students’ use of tools like ChatGPT”, contains a wealth of helpful resources on generative AI and higher education, as well as some effective strategies for thinking about how you might want to deal with AI both on your syllabus and in your course. a. Note: If the article is behind a paywall, permits you to register for an individual username/password at the Chronicle of Higher Education using your CSB/SJU email address.

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