CITL Teaching and Learning News: May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024, 14:12 PM
CITL Teaching and Learning News May 21, 2024
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Instructor Voices

  Vishal Sachdev, Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration at Gies College of Business

ADAPTing Responsible AI Practices in Academia

With generative AI evolving so fast, faculty are trying to figure out how to use these tools in their courses without compromising academic integrity. “It’s about finding the right balance,” says Gies professor Vishal Sachdev. “Remember, the goal is to use [AI] tools to support your education, not replace the effort and understanding true learning requires.”

In this video, Sachdev shares his ADAPT framework—Amplify, Disclose, Align, Probe, and Think—as a handy guide, helping teachers navigate the tricky intersection of AI and academic life.


CITL Announcements


Summer Reading Group June 11-20

CITL will offer an 8-hour Summer Reading Group during June, led by Grad Affiliate Kathleen McGowan. The text will be James M. Lang's Small Teaching (2nd ed., 2021). The group will meet in person 4 times during June on the 11th, 13th, 18th, and 20th to discuss the book and workshop some applications of its materials for use in participants' current and future classrooms. Students of all disciplines are encouraged to join—please register by May 24th. Only a few spots remain.

Summer Workshop Series June 18-27

Lucas Anderson, Jordan Leising, Maude Yacapsin, and the CITL Graduate Affiliates Kathleen McGowan and James Steur will be bringing back the annual CITL Course Design Series in June. This 8-workshop series introduces participants to backward course design, then uses backward design principles to guide participants through the crucial elements of their course design, from setting course objectives, to choosing appropriate assessments and learning activities, all the way through establishing course policies and creating a syllabus, with special attention to issues of inclusive teaching. Workshops will be in-person at the Armory building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 18-June 27. See the CITL calendar for the specific topics and to register.

Volunteer for the August 2024 Grad Academy!

TheGraduate Academy for College Teaching is the campus-wide pre-semester TA training program. Over 750 new TAs from dozens of departments across campus are expected to attend, and we can use your help. The Grad Academy is a robust training program because experienced and enthusiastic teachers volunteer their time and knowledge to make it great. Volunteering at the Academy is fulfilling, makes a real difference to new TAs, and adds some unique University service to your CV. Please volunteer using this form. You can help in at least one of three ways:

  • Facilitate Microteaching. Give feedback to new TAs on short, mock lessons they deliver, while helping things run on time and being a friendly face for potentially nervous new teachers. Training provided.
  • Run a Small Group Session.Use a CITL lesson plan to introduce new TAs to some basics of lesson planning and student teacher interaction. Help students develop their Microteaching plans. Training provided. Ideal for experienced TAs.
  • Run a Concurrent Session. Design and deliver a workshop on a teaching and learning topic of your choice. Face-to-face and Zoom workshops are needed.Ideal for very experienced instructors.

The Grad Academy will take place August 19-20, with Microteaching August 21-22. Volunteer using this form. Contact Lucas Anderson at if you have questions.


Workshops and Events


Canvas Open Office Hours
Recurring: every Thursday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Host: CITL Instructional Support Team

Summer Reading Group
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 11-20
Exact time and location determined by the group
Register by May 24

Overview of Course Design: Summer Course Design Series #1
Tuesday, June 18, 1pm-2pm
Armory Building, Room 182
Registration Link
Contact: Lucas Anderson (CITL)

Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Designing Inclusive Courses - Summer Course Design Series #2
Tuesday, June 18, 2:15pm-3:15pm
Armory Building, Room 182
Registration Link
Contact: Lucas Anderson (CITL)

Crafting Learning Objectives: Summer Course Design Series #3
Thursday, June 20, 1pm-2pm
Armory Building, Room 182
Registration Link
Contact: Lucas Anderson (CITL)

Choosing Assessments that Align with your Objectives: Summer Course Design Series #4
Thursday, June 20, 2:15pm-3:15pm
Armory Building, Room 182
Registration Link
Contact: Lucas Anderson (CITL)

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


Teaching Tips


Generative AI Quick Tip

Looking for a quick way to get started using CoPilot? Simply login to with your campus credentials and copy the prompt below into the chat dialogue box. Your results will vary, but you should see the beginnings of a conversation intended to help you write an effective learning objective. Crafting effective learning objectives is essential for guiding student learning and ensuring alignment between instructional activities, assessments, and desired outcomes. With this prompt you can explore five well-defined learning objectives, along with explanations for each.

I am a faculty member at an R1 institution, and I am looking to write effective learning objectives for my undergraduate course. I am familiar with the six cognitive levels of Bloom's taxonomy and would like to be sure to write objectives that require higher order thinking skills. Can you provide me with five good examples and explain why each is an effective approach to writing objectives? Can you also explain why you choose the recommended verbs used in these objectives and what level of Bloom's they reference? After providing examples can you prompt me with questions about the course I am teaching?

Beyond looking at the response generated by CoPilot you should also notice that this tool provides citations for the response. CoPilot also has access to your documents, so you may see that it refers back to files you have shared through Outlook or Teams. Keep in mind that this is a chat tool, and the initial results are not intended to be the final output. You can continue to refine your prompts to collaborate with CoPilot to produce results that meet your needs.

For guidance on using AI in your course, please review our page on Teaching and Learning implications.

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