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Welcome to EIT Presents: Enhancing the Educational Experience with ChatGPT and AI, February 16, 2024. Please click on the presentation titles below to view the recordings.

Learn more about the presenters by viewing the conference program (PDF)

Session 1 – 9:10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Teaching Intentionally with AI: Transparency, Authenticity, and Student Self-Generation, View the Slides

Dr. Janet Lawler

Intentionality is critical to designing significant learning experiences for our students. Although ChatGPT has threatened higher education’s conception of what is and is not necessary for students to learn, I argue generative AI tools illuminate how instructors should critically re-evaluate the purposes of their instructional methods within a transparency framework. 

Improving Students’ Engagement and Assessment in the Era of ChatGPT

Dr. Cristian Morosan & Tucker Johnson

ChatGPT and other generative AI have been on the forefront of critical discussions in academia regarding the role of technology in impacting student’s creativity and assessment and the potential for misuse. This presentation provides insight into (1) designing course content and activities that stimulate engagement and (2) developing assessments that are resilient to ChatGPT and other generating AI output.

IMELS.AI: Interactive Music Education Lesson Scaffold, View the Slides

Dr. Cory Meals, Dr. Emily McGinnis, & Dr. Julie Derges

In this presentation, Meals, McGinnis, and Derges will provide a comprehensive review of the IMELS.AI system, sharing initial findings from field testing. Grounding and prompt engineering strategies will also be discussed.

Session 2 – 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Transforming and Differentiating the College Experience for All StudentsView the Slides

Todd Taylor - Adobe

Transforming and differentiating the college experience for all students. We will explore the significant role of AI and how it can be leveraged to foster engaged student experiences that not only develop digital literacies but also establish strong connections between their curriculum journey and future career and community involvement.

Reflect Interact Create (RIC): A ChatGPT-based Model to Develop Students' Critical Thinking Skills, View the Slides

Dr. Nouhad Rizk

ChatGPT can be used as a learning tool. Reflect- Interact-Create (RIC) is a ChatGPT-based model to develop students’ critical thinking skills. The model incorporates critical thinking skills into the learning process which helps students deal with different types of problems efficiently. The results show that ChatGPT is an opportunity to innovate rather than a threat and an opportunity to build community by inciting discussions though collaboration.

AI and Core Level Mathematics, View the Slides

Dr. Jeff Morgan

We will present the results of feeding thousands of assessment items from our core level mathematics courses to different AI enabled ChatBots. In addition, we will demo the coming AI Tutoring software from Wolfram Alpha.

Session 3 – 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Dr. Xiaoyang (Rebecca) Li

Dr. Li's keynote will delve into Firefly's transformative impact on creativity generation. With her expertise, she offers invaluable insights into the ever-evolving landscape of creative AI, showcasing how Firefly has become a pioneering force within Adobe.

Lunch Session – 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Microsoft Copilot: Your AI Assistant for Microsoft 365

Seth Jewell, Charisma Edwards, & Ambrosia Williams – Microsoft

Microsoft Copilot is a powerful AI tool built on GPT that helps you create, communicate, and collaborate more effectively in Microsoft 365 apps. This session will cover how Copilot works, what it can do, and extensibility options. We will also demo the product and review some examples of how Copilot can assist you in various scenarios, such as writing documents, creating presentations, analyzing data, sending emails, and more.

Session 4 – 1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Strategies for Incorporating ChatGPT into the Digital Marketing Education Curriculum, View the Slides

Dr. William Zahn & Danny Gavin

We will cover how ChatGPT can be used in the classroom to prepare our students to be better digital marketers. We will provide examples of projects and assignments that students can practice using ChatGPT and become more efficient prompt writers as marketers.

Save the Blue Frog: Employing A.I. Technology to Develop an Anthropomorphic Character for an Interactive, Experimental, Role-Playing Sustainability Education Game

Dr. Michael Kraten

“Save The Blue Frog” is an educational gaming activity that employs Social Presence Theory, the Humanization Effect, and Cognitive Complexity Theory. Because of the challenges in defining persuasively human characteristics for the anthropomorphic frog character, newly emerging A.I. technologies are proving helpful in generating game profiles, scripts, and models.

Humans are Still in the Loop: GPT and other Conversational AI

Dr. Elizabeth Rodwell

Large language model artificial intelligences like ChatGPT are good at many things, but they require more than algorithms to work well. While conversation is a natural part of interaction between humans, even machines trained on a daunting amount of text require intervention by conversation designers to improve their output.

Session 5 – 2:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Leveraging AI to Enhance Legal Education

Dr. Seth Chandler

This presentation will discuss innovative ways to leverage AI to augment legal education, including using AI for research, writing, translations, and -- yes -- programming. It will balance AI's benefits with its risks and provide suggestions to make integration of AI a routine aspect of law teaching and learning.

ChatGPT for Learner Support, View the Slides

Dr. Emese Felvegi, Aniko N. Fields, & Sarah Schmitz 

The presenters will provide possible applications of ChatGPT in education as part of coursework and learner support systems for language, critical thinking, and information literacy development.

Transforming Teaching: Prompting Techniques and Assessment Strategy for Learning with AI, View the Slides

John McNally - Wolfram Alpha

See how the literature on prompting techniques for Large Language Models can be applied to classroom practice and student use of LLMs. Given the ability of LLMs to suggest solutions in a wide range of problem domains, instructors can incorporate student critical thinking and iterative problem-solving to go from plausible hallucinations to successful learning outcomes. The talk will also cover practical assessment strategies that leverage the strengths of LLMs while clearly highlighting the student's thinking.

Session 6 – 3:10 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

The Future of Education: Leveraging ChatGPT to Enhance Teaching and Learning, View the Slides

Dr. Jae Lee & Dr. Youmei Liu

Our conversation will focus on theoretical grounding of using ChatGPT/AI (technology imperative), key emphasis of the current project (e.g., engaged learning, assessment, skill development, and outcomes), students' specific experimental activities in classroom, current findings (e.g., differences between pre-test and post-test) and tentative conclusions.

Integrating AI into Introductory Accounting Courses to Facilitate Student Engagement and Success

Dr. Kiran Parthasarathy 

The 2023 TIP grant helped introduce Aleks, an artificially intelligent learning and assessment system, which helped students repeat Accounting problems from different angles to gain mastery. Critical thinking and problem-solving using prompt engineering exercises in Chat GPT for Intermediate Accounting. Preliminary evidence showed that student learning outcomes improved based on these interventions.

Session 7 – 4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Lessons from Integrating GPT-4 and 3D Printing in a Course on Structural OptimizationView the Slides

Dr. Tian Chen

We discuss the integration of ChatGPT and 3D printing within a senior elective focusing on engineering optimization. We summarize the results of a pre- and post-exposure survey and demonstrate improvements in learning outcome through ChatGPT.

ChatGPT as a Learning Tool: The Potential for Human-Machine Collaboration in the Political Science and Public Policy Classroom

Dr. Zachary Zwald

My talk will proceed in two parts. First, I will present survey results of students' views on AI and ChatGPT before and after a semester of instruction on, and experience with, ChatGPT. Second, I will review initial lessons learned from a series of exercises where students were instructed to utilize ChatGPT to complete course assignments.