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Adapting to Tomorrow: Exploring Generative AI’s Impact on Higher Education

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, such as ChatGPT, Bing, and others, have dominated headlines in higher education for over a year. Regardless of one’s level of teaching experience, addressing the existence of this technology can feel like a daunting task. This seminar aims to demystify generative AI tools through active discussions about privacy and ethical issues, as well as provide hands-on experiences to test Generative AI’s capabilities. Participants will additionally walk away with actionable strategies for incorporating generative AI use when developing course materials and student assignments. With a solid foundation of effective use of Generative AI tools, participants will also develop Generative AI use policy(ies) for their course(s). Such a policy will lay the pedagogical framework to bring critical conversations to the classroom revolving around this technology, its drawbacks, and its capabilities. Doing so can better prepare students for a future where the necessary skills for digital literacy, including the use of Generative AI tools, continue to increase and evolve. This seminar is open to participants across disciplines.

Seminar Objectives:

  • Explain the potential ways that generative AI impacts higher education and the work of assessing student learning.
  • Reflect on how students might use a generative AI tool while engaging with their coursework.
  • Prompt a generative AI tool to elicit desired responses as they relate to such instructional activities as brainstorming, assignment/quiz/rubric creation, and case study/scenario creation.
  • Describe strategies that can be used to refine/revise prompt designs and utilize prompt engineering strategies to generate course materials.
  • Explain the key privacy, data accuracy, and ethics considerations educators must address when using generative AI and in the context of the varied scope of student use of generative AI.
  • Develop a generative AI usage and citation policy for their course that is rooted in an effective academic integrity perspective.

Seminar Schedule. Seminars run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a midday communal lunch. Seminar conveners may adjust the class schedule in response to participant needs. Special events may also be held during the week. Participants are required to attend the full week of seminar meetings and maintain 90% attendance overall.

Seminar Materials. Eligible participants are provided with all required seminar materials (books, articles, laboratory equipment, and entrance fees).

Accommodations & Meals. Limited housing accommodations are provided to participants who live more than 50 miles from the program site. All admitted participants are provided with some meals during the program period.

Application Procedure. Applicants should submit the completed application along with all of the following:

  • A statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research
  • Their institutional liaison officer’s approval