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Teaching & Learning with Artificial Intelligence

There is "an emerging consensus that the very foundations of teaching and learning may be reshaped by the deployment of AI in education" (UNESCO, 2021).

About AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been under development for almost 70 years.

AI technologicies have been in place for decades in finance, medicine, and manufacturing sectors with many of the applications for classical AI so integrated into society as to simply not being noticed and widely utilized.  

When the unbelievalbe occurs, it's hard to accept its sudden arrival.  It's even harder to acknowledge it was there for quite some time and you didn't notice it. 

AI will Impact Education

As generative artificial intelligence becomes increasingly embedded into everyday life, educational impacts will occur, including new conceptualizations about what is taught and how it is taught.   However, while education will change, "the aim of eliminating the need for human teachers reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of their essential social role in the learning process.... it is widely agreed that as AI tools become more available... [teachers will need the] ability to work effectively with AI and [skills for] the fostering of human and social capabilities" (UNESCO, 2021, p.18).

How can AI tools support student learning?

Generative AI is not going away; it is imperative for teachers and students to develop constructive ways for using AI tools to support teaching and learning.  AI applications have the capacity to operate from different perspectives in order to fill many different roles for students.  Mollick & Mollick (2023) suggest seven different approaches AI can take to support learning: 

  • Mentor – Providing Feedback
  • Tutor - Providing Direct Instruction
  • Coach – Supporting Reflection and Metacognition
  • Teammate – Providing Alternate Viewpoints 
  • Student – Receiving Clarifications and Teaching Others
  • Simulator – Offering Practice and Application of Knowledge
  • Tool – Accomplishing Lower-level Tasks

Engage Student Thinking with AI


Are you ready to implement AI?

I’m not ready to use ChatGPT, what should I do?

If you’re not ready to use generative AI in your course or you want to try to deter students from using these tools to create their work – that’s okay... for now.  But be aware that a permanent ban is not a very realistic approach.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities 

Spring Faculty Learning Communities

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ChatGPT Fellows
This FLC aims to equip faculty members with the knowledge and skills to leverage ChatGPT effectively in their teaching and research.

Learn More

The FCTL will be hosting FLCs in the spring focused on the use of AI tools for teaching and learning.  You can find out about available FLCs as they become available at join an FLC.   If you would like to form an FLC, submit your proposal prior to October 15th for the spring semester.  

MSU Faculty Studying & Using AI

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