AI Workshop: Prompt Engineering for Academics – THIS Wednesday 10/18 at 12:00 PM

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Delve into the world of artificial intelligence with William Donald Bain Family Professor of Law Josh Fairfield at his upcoming workshop. Discover how AI can elevate your academic pursuits and gain insights into navigating the ethical landscape of this technology.

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Harness the power of AI and propel your scholarship to new heights.
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Free Online Conference: “Empowering Learners for the Age of AI” – October 23-25, 2023

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Empowering Learners for the Age of AI (ELAI) is the premier conference globally investing the research and practice around AI adoption in schools, universities, and corporate settings. 

This year’s theme is on the theory, models, and practical impact of AI. The theme reflects maturation of related fields: learning analytics, learning sciences, educational data mining, and AI in education.

  • What’s actually happening with AI and how is it changing classrooms, teaching, and learning?
  • How can data, analytics and AI be used not to disempower or automate work, but to empower learners and professionals?
  • How must modern knowledge systems (such as schools, universities, corporate training and development, government agencies) change to prepare people for an AI society?
  • How to track and assess the qualities that equip people for this future?
  • What will the learning ecosystem look like by 2030 and what might humans and AI collaborate in solving complex problems?
  • Share the opportunities and concerns that you see: this is just the conversation starter!

Join the fourth Empowering Learners for the Age of AI conference on October 23 – 25, 2023. World-leading researchers and experts will deliver keynote addresses, while discussion panels will explore the implications of AI across various sectors. This conference will be of interest to individuals with all levels of AI expertise, from beginner to advanced.

Check out the ELAI website for more information on conference speakers and to view the event schedule. Register now for this free conference!

You’re Invited! THIS Wednesday (9/27) at 12:00 PM in Sydney Lewis Hall Classroom C


AI’s advancements have been revolutionary, offering unprecedented capabilities and opportunities across diverse domains. In the legal sector, AI can analyze vast datasets, predict legal outcomes, and automate routine tasks, thereby enhancing efficiency and reducing costs. However, the rise of AI also brings forth existential inquiries about the roles and responsibilities of humans in a world increasingly governed by intelligent machines.

The Uncharted Territory of AI and Common Law

Common law, a system of law based on judicial decisions and precedents, is dynamic and continually evolving. The integration of AI in this system raises critical questions about the interpretation and development of laws in the future. Will AI contribute to the formation of legal principles, or will it merely be a tool to assist human judges and lawyers in their decision-making processes?

The Role of Humans in AI-Driven Legal Systems

As AI technologies become more sophisticated, the legal profession must grapple with the ethical, moral, and practical aspects of incorporating AI into legal processes. What will be the role of human judgment, intuition, and ethics in a legal landscape increasingly influenced by algorithms? How can legal practitioners maintain the human touch in delivering justice in an AI-driven world?

Join William Donald Bain Family Professor of Law Josh Fairfield on Wednesday, September 27 at 12 pm in Sydney Lewis Hall Classroom C for a discussion on the future of artificial intelligence and its implications for the legal profession. Professor Fairfield will delve into the intricate relationship between AI and law, exploring how AI could shape the evolution of the common law and what it means for legal practitioners. 

Free AAC&U Webinar about the AI’s impact on the workforce and higher education!

The AI Revolution: Transforming Higher Education for the Workforce of Tomorrow

Wednesday, September 13, 2023  at 2:00 p.m. ET.

While much of the discussion surrounding higher education and artificial intelligence (AI) has focused on scaling up AI research and adapting teaching methods in the face of tools such as ChatGPT, another side to AI’s impact on higher education is also compelling action. AI and machine learning are reshaping the world of work. It is predicted that over the next five years, new career paths will emerge, many existing paths will be reshaped, and some will end because of AI adoption and innovation. Higher education has entered a pivotal moment of challenge and opportunity to respond to this rapidly changing employability landscape.

This webinar will feature a panel of experts who will contemplate the impact AI will have on the near-term future of employment in the United States and consider the most important changes higher education can make to develop a well-prepared workforce. This discussion will also focus on partnership, curricular, and pedagogical opportunities that will enable higher education to prepare our students for an increasingly AI-rich future.

Register now!


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


Earl Buford
President, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Brian Haugabrook
Specialist Leader, Deloitte

William J. McKinney
Senior Fellow, AAC&U

Krystal Rawls
Workforce Integration Network Director, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Thinking about updating your syllabus for ChatGPT?

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Not so long ago, in a classroom not so far away …. generative AI tools like ChatGPT stood ready, waiting for their moment to shine.

But before they can rise to the challenge to assist, or maybe over-assist, our students, it might be prudent to edit our syllabi to ensure it offers clear guidance on how and when (if ever) the use of AI in your class assignments and projects is acceptable.

A glance at syllabi from various institutions reveals that instructors and administrators are diligently crafting policies to guide AI’s use in their classrooms. These statements can be broadly grouped into four main categories:

  1. Content-generating AI is NOT Allowed:
    • Under this category, the use of AI tools is strictly prohibited. These syllabi are clear that work produced by students must be entirely original, and the use of AI-generated content will be considered academic misconduct.
    • Statements falling into this category emphasize the core value of academic originality and stress the importance of mastering subjects without undue reliance on technological shortcuts.
  2. Content-generating AI is Allowed with Appropriate Attribution:
    • Policies in this grouping permit the use of AI for certain tasks or specific assignments, provided it is properly attributed. Students must clearly identify any writing, text, or media generated by AI when submitting work. They are also responsible for the accuracy of any generated content.
    • Syllabi in this group might specify, for instance, that if a student employs AI tools like ChatGPT to generate content, this fact must be clearly indicated in their submission. The emphasis is on transparency and understanding the origin of academic materials.
  3. Content-generating AI Use is Allowed in LIMITED Instances:
    • This grouping offers a middle ground. While AI is not entirely banned, its use is curtailed to very specific instances or types of assignments.
    • Syllabi in this category might allow AI tools for preliminary stages of research, brainstorming, or concept development, but not for final submissions. Here, AI is viewed as an assistant rather than a creator, helping students in the preparation and formulation, but not execution of their academic tasks.
  4. Content-generating AI Use is Encouraged Broadly:
    • The most progressive of the groupings, these policies embrace AI as a significant component of a rapidly evolving tech landscape.
    • These syllabi might encourage students to explore AI’s capabilities, suggesting that they employ these tools in various assignments to understand their potential and limitations. However, they still emphasize the importance of integrity, ensuring students do not misuse AI, but rather incorporate it as part of a holistic learning experience.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of links to sample syllabi statements/AI policies being employed at other institutions of higher education:

University of Iowa Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology – “What do I put in my syllabus about AI-generated and other externally generated content?”

SFCC Library Faculty Help: ChatGPT Comprehensive Resource Guide: Syllabus Statements & Course Policies

Cleveland State University Center for Faculty Excellence – Example Policy Statements for AI in Higher Education

Classroom Policies for AI Generative Tools

Course Policies related to ChatGPT and other AI Tools

Montclair State University AI Course Policies and Assignment Guidelines

University of Minnesota’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost ChatGPT Syllabus Statements

Inside Higher Ed, “A Guide to Generative AI Policy Making”

As you read through these syllabi statements and begin writing your own, consider these questions:

  1. What kind of relationship do you hope to foster with your students? Knowing this will help guide the tone and structure of your syllabus.
  2. What do you want students to know about your teaching philosophy? This can influence the rules you set regarding AI.
  3. How can you build trust with students regarding use of AI? Being transparent about your own views and experiences with AI can be a start.
  4. How much AI assistance crosses the line? Define clear boundaries for your students.
  5. Where and how should AI use be disclosed? This can influence how students approach assignments and how you grade them.

If there’s one thing Academic Technologies has come to appreciate deeply in the dynamic world of teaching and learning, it’s that there’s rarely a “one size fits all” solution. Our classrooms are diverse, our students multifaceted, and our approaches varied.

As you consider the role of AI in your syllabus, remember: it’s about finding what fits for you and your learners. 

Yes, AI Can Help with Syllabus Design!

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Figuring out how best to structure or restructure a course can be challenging. How do we organize all the salient information—topics, assignments, deadlines, learning objectives—into a specific number of sessions? How do we do it in a way that’s clear and digestible for our students? And how do we make it great?

Generative AI can help us do these jobs. Large language models like ChatGPT can help generate session topics, suggest materials or teaching objectives, and even draft a syllabus you can use as a jumping-off point.

While you should never rely solely on AI to do this work, Harvard Business School professor Mitchell Weiss shares some ways you can experiment with AI to help you elevate your courses.

(Remember: You are ultimately the one driving your course’s creation—so make sure to be thoughtful and creative as you query the AI and to thoroughly vet AI’s output.)

Read the full article, “If Your Syllabus Needs a Refresh, Generative AI Can Help“.

FREE Webinar: Will AI Replace the Educator?

Will AI Replace the Educator?

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, August 10, 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming how students learn and even how educators teach. While we’re still in the early stages of realizing the vast potential of these new technologies, it doesn’t feel too soon to wonder, will AI replace teachers?

In this webinar, join esteemed professors David Lefevre and David Shrier from Imperial College Business School as they embark on an enlightening exploration of AI’s potential and its profound impact on the educational landscape.

Through their expertise and insights, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the following topics:

  • Unlocking the potential: demystifying AI and its applications
  • Revolutionizing higher education: harnessing AI’s transformative power
  • From theory to practice: examining the current landscape of AI adoption in education
  • Navigating the future: exploring the impact of AI and automation in education

Register now! All registrants will be provided access to the webinar recording.

Free Resource from Equity Unbound/OneHE: Annotate the Syllabus with Remi Kalir

Annotating the syllabus helps learners to read, make sense of, question, and discuss their learning.

This is a great way of getting students to engage with, make sense of, question and discuss their course and learning – all in one go. Get started by providing your syllabus in an accessible online format and seed the annotations with a few of your own. By modeling what is expected, you take students past the intimidating “blank page” and set them up for a fruitful sharing of ideas.

This activity is one of a series of activities from Equity Unbound, focused on equitable online community building. 

Visit the OneHE site for more information, instructions, and resources about Annotating the Syllabus.


Save the Date! AI x Education Conference: Generating The Future of Education with AI

AI x Education Conference
Driven by Students, Dedicated to Educators
August 5-6. 2023
10 AM-4 PM (CDT)

There’s still time to register for a FREE online conference that aims to address pivotal topics surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) in education.

Scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, 2023, from 10 am-4 pm (CDT), the AI x Education Conference: Generating the Future of Education with AI, invites participation from K-12 and Higher Ed educators, AI specialists, leaders in EdTech, students, and parents, with no admission cost.

The conference will discuss the impact of AI on education, address current challenges and potentials, share their perspectives and experiences, and explore innovative solutions. A special emphasis will be placed on including students’ voices in the conversation, highlighting their unique experiences and insights as the primary beneficiaries of these educational transformations.

Kristen DiCerbo, Chief Learning Officer at Khan Academy will give the keynote address, ”Building AI Applications at Scale.” And Christopher Dede, a senior research fellow and the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard Graduate School of Education for 22 years, will give the plenary talk, “If AI is the Answer, What is the Question: Thinking about Learning and Vice Versa.”

Learn more about the AI x Education Conference and register now!

Now available at a table near you … power squids!

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Recently, a member of the Library Student Advisory Board wrote to us, requesting charging stations in Leyburn Library. We get it: nothing is more frustrating than helplessly watching your battery life furiously dwindling away, knowing your charger is tucked away back in your dorm room.

In 2015, ITS purchased and  installed several cell phone power kiosks in strategic locations across campus, but, ultimately, students didn’t use ’em because they didn’t like to abandon their phones.

Well, you asked and we listened.

All around the Main Level and Lower Level 1 of Leyburn Library, you’ll find 20 power squids plugged into tables with outlets so you can charge your Apple and Android phones and tablets with your device safely within reach. Each power squid has four cables: one USB-C, two Apple lightning chargers, and one micro-USB.

Black power squid that you'll see around Leyburn Library
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Charge away!