CITL Teaching and Learning News: Mar 1, 2023

Mar 1, 2023, 09:16 AM
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Instructor Voices

  Photo of Robb Lindgren

Leading Students through the Multimodal Learning Journey

Robb Lindgren (Curriculum and Instruction) conducts research that focuses on the design of STEM learning technologies. “I think it’s imperative that we start making these learning spaces look and feel more like the working spaces that we’re trying to prepare students for,” says Lindgren.

In this video, Lindgren speaks to the need for students to have access to resources like simulations and technologies that are part of the practices for which they are preparing. While he acknowledges the merits of lecture-style classes, Lindgren emphasizes that they are only one part of learning, adding that lectures can be best preceded by more exploratory, interactive experiences. “It’s important to think about the sequencing and ways that you lead students through the learning journey.”


CITL Announcements


Looking for a New Perspective on your Class? Request a Classroom Observation!

Whether you are looking to improve your teaching, trying something new in class, or just checking that things are going as well as you think they are, you can learn a lot by inviting a CITL consultant to observe your class. We would pay close attention to your teaching, your students’ learning behaviors, and the classroom environment as a whole. We would schedule a one-on-one debrief consultation to have a conversation afterwards.

Getting your teaching observed is a requirement of the Graduate Teacher Certificate, the Certificate in Foundations of Teaching, and is a pre-requisite for faculty pursuing the Teacher Scholar Certificate. But above all, getting observed is a good idea. Contact us using this form to request an observation or other consultation.

Virtual Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence Implications on Teaching and Learning

With the meteoric rise of generative AI like ChatGPT, what are the implications for teaching and learning in higher education? CITL has put together a diverse group of campus stakeholders to open up the conversation around this disruptive technology. 

Please join us for this thought-provoking discussion from 1-2 pm CST on Thursday, March 2nd. Register for the Zoom link. Questions? Contact Jamie Nelson.

Register Now for the Next MCOT Cohort

CITL's Master Course in Online Teaching (MCOT) is a deep-dive into online teaching strategies that goes beyond earlier summer teaching institutes. Prior participation in an instructional development series is not required but professional experience with university-level instruction is strongly encouraged. MCOT provides an opportunity for social learning and networking with a supportive interdisciplinary learning community.

The MCOT Canvas Course includes four live Zoom sessions scheduled for Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. beginning March 22nd. Certificates will be presented to those who complete all course requirements. Register here to join the spring cohort.


Workshops and Events


Spring Faculty Series on Teaching & Learning, Workshop 4
Develop Effective Assessments of Student Learning: Tests, Exams, & Rubrics
Wednesday, March 1
11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Armory Room 182, registration required
Presenter: Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL Teaching & Learning Consultant

Art of Teaching Lunchtime Seminar Series
Sara Benson & Jimi Jones (AA&U's Institute for Open Educational Resources)
Thursday, March 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Zoom, registration required
Presenter: David Favre, CITL Teaching & Learning Consultant

Artificial Intelligence Implications on Teaching & Learning
Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 2
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Zoom, registration required
Presenters: Jamie Nelson, CITL Assistant Director, Emerging Educational Technologies, & Jordan Leising, CITL Teaching & Learning Consultant

Developing Your Teaching Philosophy Statement for a Faculty Job Search
Wednesday, March 8
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Room 182, Armory Building, registration required
Presenter: Lucas Anderson, CITL Teaching & Learning Consultant

Stay tuned for this semester's events! Bookmark the CITL Event Calendar for all upcoming workshops and the Training Services (formally FAST3) Calendar for additional training opportunities. 


Teaching Tips


ChatGPT: Opportunity with the New AI Tool

ChatGPT is a new chatbot – an artificial intelligence trained on a comprehensive dataset to approximate human tasks such as writing and coding. This chatbot has gained notoriety in recent months for being able to do everything from writing academic finance journal articles deemed suitable for publication by experts to passing Google’s coding interview for a high-level engineering position. Similar tools were already available, but the chatbot is a leap forward in this kind of technology. It is currently free for anyone to use.

While ChatGPT may become a powerful asset over time, there are concerns – including factual errors, faulty reasoning, obscured or uncited sources for data, and challenges to academic integrity.

Please join us for a Virtual Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence Implications on Teaching and Learning from 1-2pm CST on Thursday, March 2nd. Register for the Zoom link.

Tips for considering ChatGPT in your own teaching:

  • Encourage appropriate use of ChatGPT as a tool: Ask students to use ChatGPT as a tool and cite it properly. Your students can explore the strengths and weaknesses of this kind of AI and learn to avoid the most dangerous pitfalls.
  • Review submitted assignments thoroughly: ChatGPT does not properly cite real sources and may generate sources that do not exist. Additionally, instructors report that writing assignments seem excellent, but contain inaccuracies and flawed logic upon closer examination.
  • ChatGPT-proof your writing assignments: Asking students to complete writing assignments in class, making assignments more reflective and personal, having students complete the writing process in steps, and grading the planning process are some ways that you can create ChatGPT-resistant assessments for your students.
  • Utilize alternative assignments: Refocus your assessments to include ChatGPT-resistant assignments such as videos, portfolios, group projects, and presentations.
  • Emphasize academic integrity: Stress the importance of academic integrity, starting with your syllabus and continuing in class. CITL has guidance and information on Dealing With Cheating and Discouraging & Detecting Plagiarism.
  • Use a plagiarism detection tool, but understand the drawbacks: Plagiarism detection tools such as Turnitin may be helpful, but they are far from infallible when attempting to detect a chatbot. ChatGPT written content may escape detection. Princeton University student Edward Tian has created a bot, GPTZero, to detect ChatGPT, but it is imperfect – beware of false positives and false negatives.
See an archived library of teaching tips here.
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