Cirrus Gundlach Leads Faculty Workshop on Generative Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom
On Thursday, February 8th, Cirrus Gundlach, the Coordinator of Library Services from Camp Community College, conducted a comprehensive workshop for faculty and staff, shedding light on the utilization of Generative AI (GAI) as an educational tool. The workshop aimed to explore the advantages, disadvantages, ethical considerations, and ease of implementing AI in the classroom, while also providing guidance on effectively incorporating it into student learning.
During the workshop, Gundlach emphasized the potential benefits of GAI, particularly for students who struggle with “blank page paralysis.” By generating topics, GAI can help students overcome creative blocks and kickstart their own ideas. Additionally, Gundlach highlighted the value of AI systems like ChatGPT in simplifying complex concepts. For instance, if a student is grappling with a difficult subject, AI can provide explanations in a more accessible manner.
Ethical considerations surrounding GAI were also addressed, encompassing issues such as plagiarism, citation challenges, and the inherent inaccuracies associated with AI. Gundlach stressed the importance of professors clearly defining expectations when incorporating AI as a tool in the classroom. To support faculty and staff in this endeavor, she shared a comprehensive guide she had developed. Her guide offers practical advice, including suggested prompts and assignments that can benefit from AI, as well as cautionary notes on tasks that may be more challenging, such as personal reflections.
Gundlach’s workshop on the use of Generative AI in the classroom provided valuable insights into the advantages, challenges, and ethical considerations associated with AI implementation. By equipping faculty and staff with the necessary knowledge and resources, the university aims to empower students to effectively utilize AI as a tool in their educational journey.
While AI cannot replace human work due to its imperfections, employers increasingly expect students to possess AI proficiency. As a Life Skills University, Chowan recognizes the need to prepare students for the demands of the modern workforce. Integrating AI, albeit imperfect, can potentially benefit students under the guidance of their professors.