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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Your Syllabus after AI systems like ChatGPT

Schedule: Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Dave Cormier
AI system's like ChatGPT have changed the landscape in education. It used to be that we could depend on things like 'paragraph responses' and 'essays' to encourage students to engage deeply with the material in our particular field. With the new technologies available, it is now possible for students to generate 'original' content that they can use to respond to our questions, without 'doing the work'. While there are systems purported to be able to 'catch' students using these new technologies, they are currently unproven.
What if we took this opportunity to ask ourselves some core questions about what we are teaching in our classrooms. Were we happy with the degree of understanding we were getting from our students before these new technologies were released? Is it possible we can use this opportunity to rethink what it means to teach our own field and the ways in which we encourage students to 'do the work'? This session will cover the basics of how the new technologies affect the work we're doing and then begin a discussion on our syllabi. Feel free to bring your syllabus and we'll brainstorm together. (this is a repeat session from April/May sessions)