A Hype-free Discussion of Generative AI (Pt 1): What It Is, How It Works, Opportunities, and Challenges June 21, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has been part of our daily lives for decades (think speech recognition, Netflix recommendations, contextual grammar checkers, and GPS navigation).  The recent hype – and angst – about AI in education centers on so-called “generative AI” such as ChatGPT that can create novel content and both understands and responds using conversational language.  As this emergent technology raises more questions than it answers, educators should understand how to harness its capabilities and make sound decisions about its use.

In Part 1 of this informative and thought-provoking double session, AT consultant Shelley Haven will explain:

–What artificial intelligence is (and isn’t)
–What makes ChatGPT unique and ground-breaking
–How ChatGPT can support teaching and learning
–Challenges that must be addressed to ensure responsible use.

Key Learning Outcomes

1.  Understanding AI: Explain why “generative AI” like ChatGPT is unique and ground-breaking and how to get effective results when using it.
2.  Uses for AI: Name at least three novel applications of generative AI like ChatGPT in education (both teaching and learning)
3.  Best practices for AI: Name at least three strategies for harnessing generative AI in education while addressing concerns such as cheating, plagiarism, privacy, and ethical use.

Note: these learning outcomes apply to the combination of both Part 1 and Part 2 of this double session.


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