Are Students Reading the Textbook?: Where Artificial Intelligence and Learning Science Meet

Join Dr. Rachel VanCampenhout (VitalSource) and Heather Dean (ISU Bookstore) for a presentation on research surrounding the effective use of artificial intelligence (AI) within digital textbooks in teaching and learning. The BookShelf CoachMe tool has been implemented and tested in select courses at Iowa State University, and was initiated from VitalSource’s award-winning research on the effectiveness of the “Doer Effect”, a Learn-by-Doing approach based on learning science that improves the overall study experience by helping students discover what they know and where to focus next. The reading and practice data from our study helped us answer the question “Are they reading the book?”

Participants can expect:

  • Review and results of the study conducted at Iowa State University
  • Demonstration of the AI and Learning Science in action with the BookShelf CoachMe tool
  • Receive information on how to implement in future course

Iowa State’s Immediate Access Digital Course Material program is powered by the ISU Book Store + VitalSource.  Bringing affordability, access, and learning to all students. VitalSource’s BookShelf CoachMe technology was launched in January 2022 as a free tool for students and faculty, designed to optimize teaching and learning for maximum results.  VitalSource is the leading education technology solutions provider committed to helping partners create, deliver, and distribute affordable, accessible, and impactful learning experiences worldwide. powering new, cutting-edge technologies.

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Experimental Insights into Writing: Classroom Applications of Grammarly and ChatGPT

In this presentation, Dr. James Ranalli will report on studies that investigated (1) how the level of Grammarly integration into writing courses influenced sustained adoption of Grammarly among students; and (2) how revisions by Grammarly and ChatGPT affected instructors’ evaluations of student writing as well as their perceptions of mental effort involved in evaluating and providing feedback. Implications of these studies for classroom application of AI-powered writing support will then be discussed. 


Jim Ranalli, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of English. He investigates connections between L2 academic writing, self-regulated learning, and technology. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has been published in Assessing Writing, CALICO Journal, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Educational Psychology, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Learning & Technology, and other publications. Jim teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in linguistics, language teaching methodology, computer-assisted language learning, and L2 writing and technology. He currently serves as the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of English, the coordinator of the writing component of ISU’s English Placement Test, and an associate editor of Language Learning & Technology.

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How to Teach with Generative AI: Supporting Students and Designing Learning Experiences

Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming integral to our daily lives and educational environments. Yet, our students need guidance on how to use AI tools ethically and productively, particularly with generative AI tools like ChatGPT. Concurrently, instructors are expressing a strong interest in developing engaging, AI-enhanced activities and assignments while minimizing the risks of AI-facilitated cheating.

In this session, we will provide an overview of critical AI literacies for students, and we’ll share tools that instructors can use to help their students master these skills. We will also offer practical resources and scenario-based guidance to help instructors with guiding their students on responsible AI use. This understanding is particularly relevant given Iowa State’s flexible-use AI policies.

Further, we will share strategies for curriculum redesign to maximize the educational benefits of AI while minimizing potential misuse. Our approach integrates inquiry-based and authentic assessment methods typically used to support active, experiential, and project-based learning. We will also delve into the potential of AI for facilitating personalized, disciplinary-specific learning activities across different contexts and learning levels.

Finally, we will provide an overview of our ongoing learning experiments in our new experimental course, “ENGL 222X: Artificial Intelligence and Writing.” In this course, we collaborate with students to test the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to using generative AI to learn and to write. By sharing our preliminary findings, we aim to demonstrate the transformative potential of AI-enhanced learning.

Facilitated by Dr. Abram Anders, Interim Associate Director of the Student Innovation Center and Associate Professor of English and Emily Dux Speltz, Ph.D. candidate in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program in the Department of English.

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