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:

Oooh! Access to electronic version of Derek Bruff’s “Intentional Tech”

H/T to Kaci Resau for sharing a link to an online version of “Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching“, our Winter 2021 selection for the Pedagogy, Books, and Java book club: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/wlu/detail.action?docID=5910154.

BONUS! You can even download up to 69 pages as a PDF to read on your laptop/computer/mobile device/tablet! 

There’s still space for additional faculty and/or staff members to join PB&J and receive a free paperback copy of the book. Please contact Helen MacDermott and sign up for our three Zoom meetings — all at 12:30 PM EST on Jan 21, Feb 16, and Mar 11, 2021 — at go.wlu.edu/pedagogy.

Pedagogy, Books & Java’s Winter Term Book Club Selection: “Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching”

Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching

With the multitude of educational technology options available, it’s not easy to decide which to use and when.

Derek Bruff, Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, argues that it should be our teaching and learning goals that drive our choice of technology, NOT the other way around. In “Intentional Tech”, Bruff provides 7 research-based principles for matching technology to pedagogy and expands on each principle by providing examples of implementation from real faculty.

We’ll meet via Zoom 3 times: Thursday, Jan 21; Tuesday, Feb 16; and Thursday, Mar 11 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST. In order to best facilitate a lively discussion, we are capping enrollment to 20.

Interested in reading and discussing “Intentional Tech” with us and your colleagues? Sign up at go.wlu.edu/intentionaltech and contact Helen MacDermott at hmacdermott@wlu.edu for a copy of the book.