Texas Tech University

Teaching in an AI World

Special sessions with Flower Darby

Are you interested in deepening your understanding of AI tools and how programs like ChatGPT will continue impacting our teaching methods? Mark your calendars for two special virtual sessions facilitated by Flower Darby, Associate Director of the Teaching for Learning Center at the University of Missouri.

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Speaker Bio:

Flower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all modalities to advance equitable learning outcomes for all students.She's an Associate Director of the Teaching for Learning Center at the University of Missouri. Prior to that, she held roles such as Assistant Dean of Online and Innovative Pedagogies, Director of Teaching for Student Success, and Senior Instructional Designer. These roles have allowed her to build on her experience teaching in person and online for over 27 years in a range of subjects including English, Technology, Education, Leadership, Dance, and Pilates. In her current work and publications, Darby empowers faculty to teach inclusive and equity-focused classes in all modalities. Her recent books include The Norton Guide to Equity-Minded Teaching (2023) and Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (2019), and she's an internationally sought-after keynote speaker.

Apply Motivation and Emotion Sciences to Nudge Students Toward Integrity in an Age of AI

Tuesday, October 3rd | 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Students become tempted to cheat when a) they don't see the value of the task, b) they don't care much about the material, and c) when they're anxious about their ability to do well. We'll consider the psychology of cheating, then explore how we can address these challenges by applying motivation science and emotion science. You'll gain practical, evidence-based assignment design and teaching practices that encourage students to choose to invest meaningful effort in writing and other assessments  rather than giving in to the temptation to get Artificial Intelligence to do their work for them.

You'll hear about topics such as:

  • Psychological and emotion-based factors that influence students' temptation to cheat
  • How motivation science and emotion science can help us create conditions in which students are more likely to choose to work with integrity
  • Practical course design, assignment design, and teaching strategies in all disciplines and modalities that help lead students to produce meaningful, authentic work

Teaching in an AI World: Building Confidence and Finding Our Way

Wednesday, September 27th | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The advent of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools is causing a seismic shift in the way we go about our day-to-day personal and professional lives. Instructors who are already exhausted after more than three years of teaching and learning turmoil may feel despair at the thought of these chatbots and their potential to wreak havoc on teaching, learning, and assessing student work. We need not panic, however. We've undergone significant shifts in our personal and work routines in the last few decades (think internet and smartphones and the impact these have had). We can adapt to this new AI-fueled challenge as well. Time, calm, and curiosity will help us find our way.

You'll hear about topics such as:

  • Reflection on the storms we've weathered in recent years
  • Encouragement to face this new challenge in sustainable ways that don't erode already-depleted faculty well-being
  • Advances in technology that have significantly changed daily routines
  • How our previous learning curves with new tech can provide insight for new (and ongoing unanticipated) concerns
  • Practical strategies and first steps toward developing confidence with teaching, learning, and assessment in an AI world

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