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Fall 2023: Envisioning AI & LLM in your courses

Purdue instructors and others interested in teaching and learning are invited to join the Teaching and Learning Community of Practice (TLCoP) — pronounced “teel-cop”— for any or all the monthly sessions this fall that extend the highly popular conversations around artificial intelligence (Ai) and large language models (LLMs) that began in spring 2023 (see those recordings here).

Lindsay Hamm, assistant teaching professor, Sociology

We are excited to announce that TLCoP’s 2023-2024 faculty facilitator, Dr. Lindsay Hamm, has been appointed the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Fellow with Purdue’s Innovation Hub. An assistant teaching professor in the Department of Sociology, Dr. Hamm was also the 2021 Excellence in Instruction Award for Lecturers winner. She has found numerous ways to incorporate AI into her student-centered, large-enrollment sociology courses for early-year undergraduate students.

Session 1: AI/LLM Kick-Off – Envisioning Your Fall Courses Monday, Aug. 14, 3-4 p.m.
Recording of Aug. 14, 2023 session
Questions & Answers Google doc
Our first conversation of the fall semester shared a framework to help participants envision the role they want AI/LLM to play in their courses this fall. It was led by Dr. Hamm and included:
-Prompts and processes to help think through the role(s) they want AI to play in courses this fall.
-Chances to hear how Purdue instructors engage in dialog with students about the role AI may play in their learning, as well as ideas for collaboratively determining appropriate uses of AI in their coursework.
-Details about AI resources and workshops available to Purdue West Lafayette instructors this fall.

Session 2: Rethinking discipline-specific outcomes in the age of generative AI
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 3-4 p.m.
Recording of Sept. 19, 2023 session
Questions & Answers Google doc
This session addressed how professionals in various disciplines use AI or LLM and how this affects what students will be expected to know, value, and/or do. This session featured PWL instructors who are already adjusting their course learning outcomes to reflect the new world of AI/LLM.
-Erica Lott, director of Teaching and Learning, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business
-Ben VanKammen, lecturer, Economics, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business
-Wanju Huang, clinical associate professor, Learning Design & Technology, College of Education 

Session 3: Reacting to AI in the classroom: Faculty and student perceptions on use of generative AI tools
Nov. 2, 2023, 3-4 p.m.
Recording of Nov. 2, 2023 session
Lakshmy Mohandas, associate instructional developer researcher at the Center for Instructional Excellence, and her project team shared an update on their Innovation Hub grant to investigate PWL instructor and student perceptions of AI tools such as ChatGPT/GPT. Two students who participated in the study spoke and there was ample discussion. The study seeks to answer the following questions: 
1-How do faculty members from various departments across Purdue perceive and utilize AI tools such as ChatGPT/GPT 3?
2-How do graduate and undergraduate students from different departments across Purdue perceive and use AI tools such as ChatGPT/GPT 3?

Session 4: Teaching in the Age of Generative Artificial Intelligence
Dec. 1, 2023, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Drs. Daniel S. Schiff and Kaylyn Jackson Schiff will present a framework they developed and presented to programs such as Cornerstone and during the Purdue System-Wide Virtual Forum on AI on Sept. 21. They explain that educator perceptions of AI often fall somewhere along a spectrum of resistance-adapting-embracing, and outline teaching and learning strategies that address each point.

Join our teaching & learning community

TLCoP meetings offer the unique opportunity to come together in an ongoing, flexible, and supportive environment to engage in conversation about a range of teaching and learning issues. In conversation with others from across a range of disciplines, at various stages in their academic careers, and with different kinds of experiences in the classroom, participants collectively explore pedagogical ideas and strategies that they can incorporate into their courses.

As a community of practice, TLCoP is open to any instructors who wish to learn more about teaching and learning and to those who wish to share their experiences with others. Graduate students, faculty, instructional support staff, or anyone who is passionate about teaching is welcome to attend any and all meetings. We’re thrilled to have you and to learn from one another!

TLCoP is organized by Purdue’s Innovative Learning Team, including Purdue Online, the Center for Instructional Excellence, the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, and the Envision Center. Staff members from each of these teams make up the planning committee and lend expertise in pedagogy, educational technologies, information and research support, as well as augmented and virtual reality in the classroom. These committee members are available to advise instructors on additional resources and relevant services related to TLCoP meetings.

For any questions, please reach out to TLCoP’s staff facilitators, Amy Haston or Kate Kozikowski.

Meet the TLCoP Team
Lindsay Hamm, Faculty Facilitator and Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Sociology
Rachel Fundator, Information Literacy Instructional Designer, Libraries
Amy Haston, Educational Technology Consultant, Purdue University Online
Kate Kozikowski, Educational Technology Consultant, Purdue University Online
Lakshmy Mohandas, Associate Instructional Developer Researcher, CIE
Karen Neubauer, Assistant Director for Special Projects, CIE