Watch James Lang’s talk about how to boost academic integrity in the age of Al

“We can’t just design around AI because it’s futile: it keeps evolving. Assessment needs to be about the whole relationship you have with students: be transparent, explore variety and encourage reflection.”

Dr. James Lang
Author of Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty

Missed last week’s webinar about how to curb academic dishonesty in your course? No worries … watch below!

Don’t have time to watch either? That’s okay, here’s a summary!

With regards to academic integrity in the age of artificial intelligence, Dr. Lang emphasizes the importance of maintaining a focus on teaching and creating learning, even while being aware of and attending to academic integrity. He believes that teaching strategies and course design strategies should promote learning while maintaining the standards of academic integrity. He also mentions that these principles were the approach he took in his book “Cheating Lessons”.

 

Dr. Lang presents his approach to prioritizing learning in the current moment of higher education. He discusses the importance of varying teaching methods, being transparent about course design and expectations, and promoting reflection among students. He believes that these principles are even more important in the age of AI, as AI can perform tasks quickly, but humans have the opportunity to pause, analyze, and reflect on the process

 

Dr. Lang also discusses a 2023 study where instructors tested six low-effort strategies to reduce academic dishonesty in an introductory programming course (PDF). These strategies included talking about academic integrity at the beginning of the semester, giving a quiz on the topic, allowing students to retract work they had concerns about, reminding students about academic integrity policies throughout the semester, showing tools for success, and reminding students about available help. The study found a significant reduction in similarity scores for assignments after these interventions were implemented.

 

Dr. Lang advocates for a balanced approach to teaching in the age of AI, where the focus remains on learning and academic integrity. He suggests that educators should not shy away from traditional assignments or teaching strategies due to the capabilities of AI, but rather enhance these assignments with reflection and analysis to promote deeper learning.

“Artificial Intelligence in the Courts” on Thursday, February 15 at 1:00 PM

A robot is sitting at a judge's bench. The text reads, Artificial Intelligence in the Courts, Professor Sarah Cravens. Discussing what lawyers should know about how judges incorporate Al themselves, what they expect from lawyers, and what is on the horizon. Are the robot judges coming? How are recent advances in artificial intelligence tools having an impact in the work of courts in the US and abroad? February 15, 1-2 PM, Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall, Snacks Provided.

Are the robot judges coming?! 

How are recent advances in artificial intelligence tools having an impact in the work of courts in the US and abroad?

These developments promise improved efficiency and the potential to enhance access to justice, both at individual and systemic levels, but with that potential comes a measure of risk and uncertainty.

Sarah Cravens, Visiting Professor of Law, and  Joshua Fairfield, William D. Bain Family Professor of Law, will explore the upsides and ask whether existing ethics rules are sufficient to cover the issues raised by current use of generative AI by judges (and lawyers) in U.S. courts. They will also discuss what lawyers should know about how judges incorporate AI themselves, what they expect from lawyers, and what is on the horizon.

Thursday, February 15, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lewis Hall, Moot Court Room

Join us in person or watch via the livestream link.

Update! Improved Email Deliverability with the Qualtrics Emailer

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Many thanks for your patience as ITS implemented a fix to the Qualtrics emailer yesterday afternoon.

ITS initially set up a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) relay to route emails through our own server. However, the SMTP relay was overwhelmed due to multiple departments sending Fall Term course evaluations simultaneously, causing send failures.

To resolve this, we’ve adopted a more robust approach: we’ve transitioned to using a custom “From” domain within Qualtrics’ own email infrastructure. This change will significantly enhance email deliverability for large-scale survey distributions by utilizing Qualtrics’ superior email handling capabilities.

However, it’s important to recognize the limitations of this new setup. Since the email process is now fully managed by Qualtrics, any issues with email delivery will be outside the scope of ITS. In such cases, direct contact with Qualtrics Support will be necessary for troubleshooting and resolution.

Also, please note that when using the Qualtrics emailer, the default “From” email is survey@wlu.edu. For those who wish to personalize their survey emails, you can change survey@wlu.edu to your own W&L email address. This will NOT impact email deliverability.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the ITS Information Desk at help@wlu.edu, 540,458,4357 (HELP), or stop by the Main Level of Leyburn Library.

Free Webinar! “Academic Integrity in the Age of AI”

Higher Learning: How to boost academic integrity in the age of AI. Headshot of James Lang and the Top Hat logo.
 
Dr. James Lang, educator and author of Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, will share course design practices that improve student learning while reducing the incentives to cheat.
 
Dr. Lang posits that the root of academic dishonesty often lies in the pressures embedded within the educational system itself. These pressures inadvertently push students towards cheating. What’s compelling is that the strategies to counteract cheating are not just about enforcing stricter rules. Instead, they align closely with principles that cognitive theorists advocate for enhancing student engagement and learning.
 
This approach is not just theoretical. It’s backed by Dr. Lang’s extensive research and experience in education. By rethinking course design and teaching strategies, educators can significantly reduce the incentives and opportunities for students to cheat.
 
This FREE webinar on Thursday, February 1st at 2 pm EST will go over:
 
  • The common course design practices that lead to academic dishonesty
  • Teaching strategies that reduce the incentive and opportunity to cheat
  • How low stakes assessments build confidence and lead to better study decisions
  • The role transparency and motivation play in promoting academic integrity

About the Speaker

James M. Lang, PhD, is the author of six books, including Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It and Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. He also writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education. A dynamic and highly sought-after public speaker, Lang has delivered conference keynotes and workshops on teaching at more than a hundred colleges, universities, and high schools in the United States and abroad.

Register Now to learn strategies to motivate students and improve learning in the age of AI!

Explore generative AI with Academic Technologies: Announcing our “All in for AI” workshop series!

Effective ChatGPT Prompts -Thursday, Jan 18, 2024
Ethics and Biases of ChatGPT - Thursday, Feb 01, 2024
Image Creation with Adobe Firefly and DALL-E -Thursday, Mar 07, 2024
In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, generative artificial intelligence stands out as a revolutionary force, reshaping how we interact, create, and think. 

Why Generative AI?

Generative AI, the technology behind tools like ChatGPT and DALL-E, is not just a buzzword; it’s a gateway to endless possibilities. From crafting detailed text responses to creating visually stunning graphics, generative AI is setting new benchmarks in creativity and efficiency.
 
This technology is becoming integral across various sectors, including education, business, and the arts. Thus, it’s crucial for faculty and staff to gain foundational knowledge and hands-on experience in this field so we also prepare our students.
 
  • Effective ChatGPT Prompts
    Thursday, Jan 18, 2024
  • Ethics and Biases of ChatGPT
    Thursday, Feb 01, 2024
  • Image Creation with Adobe Firefly and DALL-E
    Thursday, Mar 07, 2024
All sessions meet from 10-11 am and 2-3 pm in Leyburn 119. Sign up at go.wlu.edu/ai-workshops! Space is limited.
 

Happy Thanksgiving from Academic Technologies!

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Pausing to express our heartfelt gratitude to our wonderful Washington and Lee University community …. this season of thanksgiving reminds us of the countless blessings we share as part of this vibrant academic family. Your dedication, creativity, and spirit of collaboration make our campus a place of endless possibilities and profound learning.

We are immensely grateful for the privilege of working alongside such a talented and passionate group of faculty, staff, and students. Your commitment to excellence and your unwavering pursuit of knowledge are the driving forces behind our university’s success.

We sincerely hope you’ll take some time during the break to rest, reflect, and reconnect with loved ones, near or far. May your gatherings be filled with laughter and your tables with abundance.

With thankful hearts,
The ITS Academic Technologies Team

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HELP! Why isn’t my Qualtrics workflow working!?!

When setting up a workflow in Qualtrics, especially for the purpose of sending automated email notifications, it’s crucial to understand what a workflow is and the significance of certain settings within this tool.

A workflow in Qualtrics is a sequence of tasks that are executed based on specific triggers or conditions, often without manual intervention once the workflow is configured. These workflows are particularly useful for automating repetitive tasks, such as sending out email notifications to a designated recipient or group of recipients whenever a new survey response is submitted. This functionality ensures that the relevant parties are promptly informed about survey participation, potentially allowing for immediate follow-up or action.

However, for the workflow to work, the “From Address” in the email task settings MUST remain as the default address: survey@wlu.edu.

Screenshot of the email screen in Qualtrics when creating an email task. The 'To' field is pre-filled with a dynamic field placeholder, while the 'From' address, survey@wlu.edu, is highlighted with a red dashed circle around it.

This default address is set to ensure deliverability and compliance with email policies because it’s linked to the university’s email server configurations and helps to prevent emails from being flagged as spam.

While you might be tempted to edit the “From Address,” keep it as-is. Let the default do its thing. Modifying survey@wlu.edu will result in email notifications not being sent.

So, if you’re following the Setting Up an Email Task instructions, W&L users MUST ignore step 10. YOU CANNOT EDIT THE FROM ADDRESS!

Have questions or need help with Qualtrics? Contact the ITS Information Desk at help@wlu.edu, call 540.458.4357 (HELP), or stop by the ITS Information Desk on the Main Level of Leyburn Library.

READ ME! “60+ Ideas for ChatGPT Assignments”

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Authored by Kevin Yee, Kirby Whittington, Erin Doggette, and Laurie Uttich from the University of Central Florida, 60+ Ideas for ChatGPT Assignments (.PDF),  aims to explore the educational implications of ChatGPT and similar Large Language Models (LLMs) in the classroom setting. 

Here’s what you need to know.

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a Large Language Model (LLM) that has taken the world by storm. While it can generate answers and assist in various tasks, it’s crucial to remember that it is not always accurate. The authors emphasizes that ChatGPT should not be blindly trusted, especially in academic settings.

Challenges and Opportunities

The advent of ChatGPT presents both ethical and practical challenges. For instance, the ease with which students can obtain answers to multiple-choice questions or even entire essays poses a significant challenge to academic integrity. However, the authors argue that instead of resisting this change, educators should adapt to the AI era.

A New Mindset for AI

Both students and instructors need to adopt a new mindset that acknowledges the availability and inevitability of AI in educational settings. This involves rethinking traditional assignments and tests in the context of readily available AI tools.

Components of AI Fluency

The document outlines seven key components for achieving AI fluency:

  1. Understanding how AI works: Know the capabilities and limitations of the AI tools you are using.
  2. Deciding when to use AI: Exercise judgment about the appropriateness of using AI in various contexts.
  3. Valuing AI: Appreciate the potential benefits and drawbacks of AI.
  4. Effective Prompt Engineering: Learn how to ask the AI the right questions to get the desired output.
  5. Evaluating AI Output: Critically assess the information provided by AI.
  6. Adding Human Value: Understand how to add value to AI-generated content.
  7. Digital Adaptability: Be prepared to adapt to new AI tools and technologies as they emerge.
Practical Assignments

The document also offers a variety of assignments that leverage ChatGPT for educational purposes. Here are just a few examples:

  • ChatGPT as a Thesaurus: Students are encouraged to use ChatGPT to find synonyms or antonyms for specific words. This assignment aims to familiarize students with ChatGPT’s capabilities in language enhancement.Sample Prompts:

     

  • “Define misanthrope.”
  • “Give me five sophisticated synonyms for foul-smelling.”
  • “What is the opposite of altruistic? Provide six examples.”
     

Writing: Improve Connections between Claims and Evidence: Students must state a claim, provide support, and then use ChatGPT to analyze the validity of their claim in terms of how universal their assumptions are.

Sample prompts:

  • “Analyze my argument about climate change for assumptions that may not be universal.”
  • “Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) seems to offer minute incremental increases in salaries and wages that don’t allow individuals to truly keep up with inflation, but the government continues to offer them as some sort of noteworthy contribution. Many citizens are still living below the poverty level, while the rich seem to keep getting richer. Analyze this claim for assumptions that not everyone may share.”

 

Elaboration and Expansion: Students are asked to use ChatGPT to elaborate on specific topics, such as the causes of macular degeneration or the pros and cons of offering free healthcare in the United States.

Sample Prompts:

    • “Please elaborate on the causes for macular degeneration.”/ “Elaborate again.” / Elaborate again.”
    • “Expand on the idea of offering free health care in the United States by offering pros and cons.” / “What are the pros and cons of offering free health care in the U.S.” / “Expand more.”
    • “Which is better, organizing my closet by color-coding or grouping my clothes by type? Use compare and contrast to answer.” / “Offer a different scenario via compare/contrast.”
Final Thoughts

60+ Ideas for ChatGPT Assignments (.PDF) serves as a roadmap for educators to integrate AI into their curriculum responsibly. It offers both theoretical insights and practical solutions, making it a must-read for all instructors.