Digital Learning & Innovation (DL&I) and the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) at Boston University are pleased to announce a series of Information Sessions on Generative AI to discuss the implications of this evolving technology for teaching and learning. We cordially invite you to join us for this vital conversation on a subject of growing relevance to the field of education. Engage with your peers and thought leaders as we navigate this exciting frontier together.

Upcoming Events

Our AI Info Series has concluded for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please check back for updates.


Previous Events

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Session 1: The Implications of Generative AI on Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, August 23, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Associate Provost Chris Dellarocas inaugurated our series with an introductory discussion on the following essential topics:

  • Understanding Generative AI: How do tools like ChatGPT work? What principles are at play?
  • Challenges and Opportunities: What are the implications for teaching and learning? What challenges exist?
  • The Role of Educators: How might the job of a teacher change in response to these tools?
  • Preparing for Change: What can you do now, in the coming academic year, and long-term to prepare? How will DL&I and CTL provide support?

    This event focused on providing insights and fostering understanding rather than discussing or determining university policy.

      Session 2: First Week of Class: Communicating with Your Students About AI 

      Thursday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

      Session 2 of the Generative AI in Education Information Series, hosted by Digital Learning & Innovation (DL&I) and the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), focused on communicating standards for AI use in courses. CTL staff, Deb Breen and Lisa Burgess, presented on the essentials of communicating about AI with your students in the first week of class. Their discussion covered the following essential topics: 

      • Syllabus information as a conversation starter on AI in higher education 
      • Connecting AI guidelines and citation styles 
      • Creating class guidelines as a collaborative exercise

      Session 3: Developing Course Materials with AI

      Wednesday, September 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

      In this session, Professors Chris Dellarocas (DL&I, Questrom) and Matt Parfitt (CGS, Rhetoric) explored how generative AI can be used to create and refine course materials (including syllabi, lesson plans, case studies, in-class activities, and more) that instructors can integrate into their teaching.

      Session 4: AI in Education: The Student View

      Thursday, October 19, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

      How are students viewing and using generative AI? Dr. Priya Garg (BUMC) held a conversation with a range of students and discussed how they and their peers are using AI, their questions and concerns about the technology, and their opinions on how higher education might prepare students for workplaces that utilize AI. 

      Session 5: AI and Learning Assessment

      Wednesday, November 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

      How does generative AI impact assignment design and assessment practices? This session included presentations from Chris Dellarocas, Tal Gross, Chris Mcvey, Margaret Wallace, Wesley Wildman, and Lisa Burgess. In this session we explored how AI can assist with designing assessment tasks, creating rubrics, and providing feedback. We began with framing principles followed by examples utilized by faculty at BU and beyond.  

      Session 6: Exploring Generative AI Tools

      Thursday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

      In this session of our AI Info Series, we discussed the capabilities and applications of generative AI tools, particularly emphasizing their utility in research endeavors and visualization creation. From enhancing data-driven insights to crafting intricate visual representations, our speakers explored how these advanced algorithms are reshaping the boundaries of creativity and analysis. Our speakers also navigated the innovative landscape of Adobe Creative Suite enriched with AI-driven features and discussed how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing design workflows, enhancing productivity, and unlocking new avenues for creative expression.

      Session 7: Student Use of Generative AI

      Wednesday, March 6, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

      In this session of our AI Info Series, we explored how students can leverage generative AI to facilitate deeper understanding and enhance their coursework. Our speakers discussed various AI tools they're incorporating in the classroom for students to use, like language-learning tools that improve language proficiency, enhance communication skills, and immerse students in interactive learning environments tailored to individual needs. Attendees heard from faculty who have integrated tutor bots to leverage interactive tutoring sessions, adaptive feedback mechanisms, and real-time assistance.