EVENT RESCHEDULED - The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (CULLS) at The University of New Mexico (UNM) is excited to announce an online panel, Teaching in the Age of AIs, has been rescheduled to March 8, at 12 p.mRegister now at Age of AI.

The panel is offered by CULLS and Office of the Provost & EVP for Academic Affairs with support from the Center for Teaching and Learning and Office of Assessment and APR. The event aims to begin the conversation on exploring the use and development of artificial intelligence in an academic setting.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Teaching in the Age of AIs panel event has been rescheduled. If you have already registered for this event, there is no need to re-register. The webinar link will be the same as the one previously sent. The link will also be sent to you an hour prior to the event as a reminder.

As the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education continues to grow, ChatGPT, an AI-powered chatbot that can understand natural language and generate human-like responses, has pushed many educators to question the use of AIs in the future and how they are currently being used. The launch of ChatGPT in November 2022 by OpenAI has created a buzz among educators, and we believe it is an opportune time to discuss the impact of AI in education.

The online panel will be moderated by Leo Lo, dean of College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences, and was organized with the help of Pamela Cheek, associate provost for Student Success. The panel will cover a range of topics related to AI in education, including its potential to improve personalized learning experiences, its potential to transform the way we teach, and the ethical considerations surrounding the use of AI in education. The panel will also discuss the role of ChatGPT and similar AIs.

The event features faculty and staff from across UNM who will be discussing initial questions and challenges about teaching in the age of AIs, such as:

  • What do AIs like ChatGPT do, and how can we expect to adapt to many more AIs as part of the landscape in which we teach? 
  • How do students use Chat GPT and other AIs, and do they worry about teachers thinking that work they have done is not their own?
  • What are some of the strategies faculty can use to address the real presence of AIs in students' lives?
  • How can we teach so that AIs are tools rather than substitutes for independent thinking?

The panelists include:

Adrian Faust, is a freshman majoring in Computer Science who is currently involved in research of AIs and neural networks and uses large language models as an educational/productivity tool.

Ean Henninger is the University Assessment Specialist with the UNM Office of Assessment. He has previously worked as a librarian, adjunct lecturer, and instructional designer.

Dr. Victor Law is the Program Director of the Program of Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences. He has been conducting studies examining the effect of different scaffolding approaches, including educational games, computer-based simulation, augmented reality, dynamic modeling, and collaborative learning, on students' complex problem-solving learning outcomes. 

Jet Saengngoen is an instructional media specialist at the Center for Teaching and Learning. He is also a doctoral candidate whose research areas include teacher feedback and culturally responsive teaching.  

Lydia Tapia is the Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of New Mexico.  Her primary expertise is in the integration of machine learning for the planning and control of automated motions and tasks in robotics and computational biology domains.  She is currently serving on the National Academic Panel on Using Machine Learning in Safety-Critical Applications. Lydia is the recipient of the 2016 Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award from the Anita Borg Institute, a 2016 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the 2017 Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) Borg Early Career Award.  She was a Computing Innovations Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and she received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.

Lori Townsend (she/her) is the Learning Services Coordinator and a Social Sciences Librarian at the University Libraries. Her research interests include cultural humility, genre theory and information literacy, and undergraduate understandings of digital sources.

"AI has the potential to revolutionize the way we teach and learn, but it also poses some challenges," said Dean Leo Lo of CULLs. "We believe that by bringing together faculty members from across campus, we can have an informed and productive discussion about the benefits and potential challenges of using AI in education."

The panel discussion is designed to offer insights, strategies, and solutions for integrating AI into the learning experience. As a faculty or staff member, this is an excellent opportunity to learn from experts in the field and exchange ideas on how to prepare for the AI-driven future in higher education. More information and resources about AIs in education can be found in the UL Research Guides.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to explore the future of education with AI.