In our Chat GPT Teaching Talks Series, faculty members discuss their strategies while teaching in this new educational landscape of Chat GPT or generative artificial intelligence that uses machine learning to generate human-like text in response to users’ prompts. Dr. Abram Anders, Associate Professor of English and Director of Communication Innovation will present the second in this series:
This workshop is designed to empower faculty with the knowledge and skills to harness the power of ChatGPT, a cutting-edge language generation model developed by OpenAI. We’ll start with a high-level overview of how ChatGPT works, its capabilities, and its limitations. Next, we’ll dive into real-world applications and use cases of ChatGPT in both industry and higher education contexts. The highlight of the workshop is a hands-on opportunity where participants will learn basic and advanced techniques for developing prompts and generating outputs using ChatGPT. Faculty will have the chance to experiment with these models and see firsthand how they can enhance their research or teaching. Lastly, we’ll explore the future of AI and writing and its potential implications in higher education. Join us and discover how ChatGPT can help you be a more productive researcher and teacher!
Dr. Anders has expertise in academic, business, and professional communication with applications for creative collaboration, learning design, innovation and entrepreneurship, and leadership. He is also currently developing an experimental undergraduate course, “ENGL 222X: Artificial Intelligence and Writing,” which is expected to be offered at Iowa State in fall 2023.
In our Chat GPT Teaching Talks Series, faculty members discuss their strategies while teaching in this new educational landscape of Chat GPT or generative artificial intelligence that uses machine learning to generate human-like text in response to users’ prompts. Michael Bugeja, a distinguished professor at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, will present the first in this series:
With the advent of AI chatbots, professors are looking for ways to ensure the integrity of the term paper or to do away with it entirely and replace it with a better pedagogy. Michael Bugeja, the distinguished professor, has been at the forefront of consumer technology with more than a dozen articles in Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He was among the first to critique Facebook in January 2006 before many even realized that Iowa State students were interacting on the platform. He was key in criticizing the avatar world of Second Life and arguing against higher education investing in it, requiring students to adhere to the company’s terms of service rather than the Iowa State student handbook. He supports educational technology, including Canvas, which provides online discussion boards to engage students in class content. An advocate of research that informs teaching, Dr. Bugeja has created a multi-digital learning platform for media ethics that engages students in face-to-face classes and online. In his discussion of the term paper, he demonstrates how learning is enhanced if roles are reversed, with professors writing the term papers and students critiquing them.