How is Artificial Intelligence (AI) affecting teaching and learning in higher education?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is significantly impacting higher education, revolutionizing various aspects of the learning experience. AI-powered tools and platforms are transforming how students access educational content, tailor their learning paths, and receive personalized feedback. Moreover, AI-driven systems can help educators generate educational content and facilitate research endeavors. While these advancements bring exciting opportunities, it’s essential to address ethical concerns, data privacy, and ensure AI complements the education process rather than replacing it entirely. Embracing AI responsibly can lead to a more accessible, efficient, and effective higher education landscape.

Artificial intelligence has introduced significant challenges to academic integrity in education. As AI becomes more accessible, educators have expressed concerns about students using it to generate answers to questions on tests and assignments. Rather than reacting in fearful ways to new advances in AI, educators can focus on potential benefits, such as providing new perspectives on a problem and generating content that can be analyzed or critiqued. Undoubtedly, instructors need to provide guidelines to students about the appropriate and inappropriate uses of AI tools. However, instructors can also model and encourage productive and positive uses of AI and help students see its value.

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CTE Resource Library

The Center for Teaching Excellence is constantly updating information about AI in its digital Resource Library. Check back often to find useful information about new tools and strategies for using AI in teaching and learning.

Harnessing AI for Teaching and Learning Faculty Learning Community

The Center for Instructional Technology and Training and the Center for Teaching Excellence are sponsoring a 2023-2024 faculty learning community tilted “Harnessing AI for Teaching & Learning.” This FLC collectively explores the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) for teaching and learning. Learn more and apply on the FLC webpage.

Teaching with Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the SEC Faculty Learning Community (FLC):

In this FLC, we will develop a comprehensive understanding of AI and its implications for teaching and learning in higher education. This eight-module course and the accompanying discussion sessions will cover topics such as how AI impacts academic integrity, ethics, legal issues, and student learning. You will have an opportunity to experiment with AI tools, develop an effective AI syllabus statement, and incorporate AI tools and applications into your practice. This FLC meets every three weeks on Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM starting September 27. For more information and to apply please visit here.

Getting Started with AI in Teaching and Learning

Join the Center for Teaching Excellence for the new “Getting Started with AI in Teaching and Learning” series. The four-part series dives into the use of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in teaching and learning. Attend one or all sessions, with each session exploring unique aspects of what every educator should know about Artificial Intelligence in teaching and learning. Topics include AI tools and resources, ethical considerations, productivity tools, critical evaluation of AI generated content, AI for creating visual images and presentation, improving Assessments with AI, and much more! Find out more on the Workshops page or register below.

Workshop 1:
AI Tools, Resources, and Ethical Considerations | 1/26/2024 | 10:40 AM – 12:10 PM

Workshop 2:
Writing, Research and Critical Evaluation of AI Generated Content | February 23, 2024 | 10:40 AM – 12:10 PM

Workshop 3:
Presentations and Visual Imagery | March 22, 2024 | 10:40 AM – 12:10 PM

Workshop 4:
Assessments | April 12, 2024 | 10:40 AM – 12:10 PM
Register here. 

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Customized Training for Departments and Units

Empower your faculty, staff, or team with customized AI training sessions offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Collaborate with our team to design workshops tailored to your group’s preferences. Explore AI features, functionality, and digital tools, and co-create sessions covering topics such as time-saving tools for email, syllabus, learning objectives, and assessments. Utilize our experienced consultants to facilitate tailored sessions on integrating AI into lessons, AI-proofing assignments, or generating AI-driven content like text, images, presentations, and more. Let us assist in crafting meaningful professional development for your group, department, or team. Find out more by submitting a request. 

UF Faculty Handbook for Adding AI To Your Course

Authored by UF leaders including CTE Director Dr. Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, this e-book examines that question about AI from different perspectives, which helps readers with varying degrees of familiarity connect to the content within the e-book. If you want to learn about artificial intelligence and incorporate it into a college/university course, then this book is a foundational guide you should use to get started. It assumes nothing and begins with basic terms and concepts used in AI and Data Science. The book grapples with the difficult question, “what is Artificial Intelligence?”—an incredibly broad term that means different things to different people. Read the book. 

Critical Evaluation of AI Generated Content: Using the FLUF Test

Created as part of the Harnessing AI Series, explore this activity for critically evaluating generative AI content. Does Your AI Generated Content Pass the FLUF Test? The FLUF test was designed as a framework to critically evaluate content generated by artificial intelligence. Using the Format, Language, Usability, and Fanfare approach, participants examine the AI results for evidence of infractions. Format infractions include layout or length issues. Language infractions hit on tone, phrasing, or repetition of information. Usability infractions involve consistency or credibility. Finally, Fanfare infractions miss the mark on anecdotes and/or jargon.  The goal is to regenerate and rewrite content down to zero FLUF with zero infractions.  Book time with the CTE Consultant and creator, Dr. Jennifer Parker to learn more. 

Interface Conference: Imagining AI in Higher Education

The Interface Teaching Conference offers faculty, staff, TAs, GAs, and postdocs with innovative teaching and learning approaches in interactive breakout sessions. This single-day event will showcase sessions tailored to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into teaching and learning. The classroom’s evolution has been profound in recent years, and this transformation will persist with the substantial integration of AI. This year’s Interface is dedicated to exploring AI’s impact on teaching and learning, with a particular emphasis on how the classroom has been reshaped by AI. Our goal is to center the presentations around AI’s influence on the classroom environment.  Find out more on the Interface Conference page. 

AI Awards

The Center for Teaching Excellence, AI2 Center, and the Center for Instructional Technology & Training are honoring UF educators who have made significant contributions using AI in teaching and learning. These awards recognize instructors and instructional teams for adopting, implementing, creatively using, and championing AI. Find out more on the AI Awards page. 

Tech Bytes

UFIT Tech Bytes is a series that provides bite-sized events covering technologies and strategies to enhance teaching and learning. Register for upcoming Tech Byte events and access recordings of previous events on the Center for Instructional Technology and Training’s webpage.

Office of Professional and Workforce Development AI Short Courses

The applications of AI are limitless and whatever your interest level, you can increase your working knowledge of AI through professional development courses offered by the University of Florida.

Unizin Membership and AI Initiatives

The University of Florida is part of Unizin, a consortium of higher education institutions including Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Colorado State University. Unizin seeks to use the power of collective to build relationships with vendors and tools to the benefit of all. Staff and leaders from each institution meet on various committees (e.g. Teaching and Learning) to work through common needs. For example, the current Teaching and Learning committee is working on a Generative AI Guiding Principles document. Learn more about the work of the Teaching and Learning Advisory group. 

Contributing Creative Assignments and Assessments using AI

Looking for a place to share that amazing AI integrated assignment or assessment? Look no further! CTE is creating a library of assignments and assessments that utilize AI. Share your creation to help other instructors jump into teaching with AI. The first 20 participants to successfully complete their submission will receive a copy of a book focused on Artificial Intelligence, however, we are still reviewing books to select the most relevant and useful one. The top two submissions will be recognized at the Fall RiTL FLC/CoPA Kickoff this fall and win a VR headset. Best of all, we will have a catalog of assignments and assessments for UF instructors to access as they create or update their courses! Submit here.

UF HR AI Resources

Visit the Keep Growing site here.