ChatGPT and Generative AI Discussion Group: Navigating the Future of Teaching and Learning

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Join our virtual discussion group, "ChatGPT and Generative AI: Navigating the Future of Teaching and Learning" as we delve into the evolving world of generative AI and its impact on higher education at UMass and beyond. This discussion group is a collaboration between the CTL and the IDEAS (Instructional Design, Engagement, and Support) group, co-facilitated by Dan Cannity (IDEAS) and Kirsten Helmer (CTL). Together, we will explore the possibilities, challenges, and implications of using ChatGPT and generative AI tools for teaching and learning.

Engage in Critical Conversations: We will raise and explore questions surrounding the potential impact of generative AI tools in higher education, investigating the ethical, pedagogical, and social implications of integrating these tools into teaching and learning environments.

Express Thoughts and Concerns: We welcome discussions about how generative AI might transform educational practices, and we encourage expressions of concern about potential challenges or unintended consequences.

Share Experiences: We value real-world experiences. Come prepared to share your own experiences of using generative AI tools like ChatGPT or other GenAI tools in the classroom. Explore how these tools have influenced your teaching approaches, enhanced student engagement, or presented unique learning opportunities. Discover how fellow educators and students have leveraged ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in their disciplines. Gain insights into various disciplinary contexts and applications of AI in different fields of study.

Learn Together: We aim to learn from diverse experiences within our own community. How are instructors and students navigating the evolving landscape of AI tools at UMass, in their disciplines and in different fields of study?

Collaborate in a Judgment-Free Space: We believe in fostering a supportive and inclusive environment. We envision this group to be a place where we can freely exchange ideas, challenge assumptions, and expand our understanding of generative AI's potential in higher education through valuing the different perspectives we may have. Together, let us navigate the possibilities and complexities of generative AI in higher education, consider its integration into teaching and learning, and leverage our collective wisdom.

In fall 2023, the discussion group will meet via Zoom on the following dates with separate session descriptions and registration links provided the month before each meeting.

  • Thursday, August 24 from 11:30AM – 12:45PM, “Guiding Students in the Thoughtful Use of ChatGPT and Generative AI: Syllabus and First Class Discussions” (Dan Cannity, IDEAS, and Kirsten Helmer, CTL) Register here
  • Friday, September 15 from 11:30AM – 12:45PM "How Do I (Re)design Assignments and Assessments in an AI-Impacted World?" (Dan Cannity, IDEAS, and Kirsten Helmer, CTL) Register here
  • Thursday, October 5 from 11:30AM – 12:45PM "Generative AI Playground and Reflection Session: Crafting Effective Prompts for AI Tools in Education" (Dan Cannity, IDEAS, and Kirsten Helmer, CTL) Register here
  • Friday, October 27 from 11:30AM – 12:45PM "Navigating the Ethical Use of Generative AI in Higher Education" (Dan Cannity, IDEAS, and Kirsten Helmer, CTL) Register here
  • Thursday, November 9 from 11:30AM – 12:45PM "Addressing Suspected Misuse of Generative AI in the Classroom as Semester-End Nears" (Dan Cannity, IDEAS, and Kirsten Helmer, CTL) Register here
  • Thursday, November 30 from 11:30AM – 12:45PM "Share Out: Introducing AI Tools in a First-Year Seminar to Foster Responsible Usage" (Dan Cannity, IDEAS, and Kirsten Helmer, CTL) Register here
  • Thursday, December 14 from 11:30AM – 12:45PM "Reflection and Projection: A Conversation About Our AI Journeys" (Dan Cannity, IDEAS, and Kirsten Helmer, CTL) Register here

Attend any session that interests you! Come, join the conversation, and let us navigate the evolving AI landscape in higher education together.