Did you miss Derek Bruff’s take on how AI can improve assignment design?

At the top, it reads

“I like to say that tools like ChatGPT speak, but don’t think.”

Derek Bruff, Ph.D.
Strategic Advisor, UPCEA, and Visiting Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Mississippi

Bruff’s insights shed light on the nuanced relationship between AI tools and educational objectives. By sharing personal anecdotes and professional observations, Bruff underscores the importance of critical thinking and authentic assignments that prepare students for real-world challenges. He highlights AI’s limits and its potential to complement rather than replace human intellect, encouraging educators to rethink traditional assessment methods.

Don’t be sad if you missed it! We have Top Hat’s resources below:

The Generative AI Prompt Library That Every Educator and Student Needs!

The ability to engage effectively with AI models is becoming increasingly crucial. A new resource stands out in particular for its commitment to empowering instructors and students alike to have meaningful and productive interactions with AI models: More Useful Things.

At the heart of More Useful Things is its comprehensive Prompt Library. Prompts are divided into three categories: Instructor Aids (for use in classrooms to help instructors with preparation and teaching), Student Exercises , and Other Prompts (for other uses besides classrooms). 

Here’s a student exercise example, “Class Reflection Aid“:

“You are a helpful and friendly mentor who is an expert at helping students reflect on experience so that they can extract meaning from those experiences. You know that when students experience anything they are in the moment and that it takes active self-monitoring to create some distance from the experience and learn from it.

This is a dialogue. Always wait for the student to respond. Do not speak for the student. First, introduce yourself to the student as their AI mentor and ask the student what they would like to reflect on. Tell them that they may have received instructions from their teacher. Wait for the student to respond. Only ever ask the student one question at a time. Too many questions are overwhelming. Then explain to the student why reflection can help them learn, including that writing about an experience is key to extracting lessons. Then offer the student 3 choices of reflection exercises. Each should push students to reconsider the experience.

Once a student picks their choice, ask them to write 2-3 paragraphs. Do not offer to draft a reflection for them or show them what a reflection might look like.

Wait for the student to respond. If appropriate you can ask the student a question about their reflection. Then wrap up by explaining why reflection is important and that the student should keep writing about their experiences and that this helps them zoom out of the present moment and gain a broader perspective and insights. “

[Credit: “Class Reflection Aid” by Lilach Mollick and Ethan Mollick is licensed under CC BY 4.0]

Prompts are very helpfully labeled by the model for which they are intended for use, e.g. GPT4, Claude, Gemini Advanced, and Bing.

It’s important to note that all prompts are licensed under a Creative Commons License (Attribution 4.0 International), requiring users to credit the creators, Dr. Ethan Mollick and Dr. Lilach Mollick. This license allows users to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format.

Many, many thanks to Drs. Mollick for a treasure trove of useful resources that elevate the quality of AI interactions!

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.

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.

FREE Webinar! AI and Higher Education: Implications for Learning, Curricula, and Institutions

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Register now! 

Few innovations have impacted higher education as deeply and swiftly as artificial intelligence has. Initially viewed simply as a threat to academic integrity, it’s now clear that AI presents far greater challenges—and opportunities. Goldman Sachs has estimated that AI may replace 300 million full-time jobs. This rapid workforce evolution is creating demand for an accompanying evolution of higher education to meet new expectations. During this AAC&U webinar, panelists will discuss the many ways higher education will be affected by artificial intelligence, including how AI will influence instruction, curricula, and institutions. They’ll also suggest paths forward that can help you and your institution succeed in this new era.

Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander
Senior Scholar, Georgetown University

Glida Barabino

Gilda A. Barabino
President and Professor, Olin College of Engineering

William J. McKinney

William J. McKinney
Senior Director of Higher Education Initiatives, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Lynn Pasquerella

Lynn Pasquerella
President, AAC&U

Michael Roth

Michael S. Roth
President, Wesleyan University

C. Edward Watson

C. Edward Watson
Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director for Open Educational Resources and Digital Innovation, AAC&U

READ ME! “60+ Ideas for ChatGPT Assignments”


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.