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Unbridled Potential: Harnessing Generative AI in Higher Education

The stampede of ChatGPT in November 2021 began a wild ride that caught most of us in higher education off guard and knocked us off our metaphorical academic horse. Its rapid advancement feels like trying to control a bucking bronco as it forcefully kicks its way into our offices, classrooms, and lives, challenging us to […]

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Transforming Large Courses at BU: Innovating in the Lecture Hall

The Challenge of Large Lecture Courses Large lecture courses, while necessary in a sizable university like ours, present a unique set of challenges. They often lack personalized attention and support for students, and the size and design of the space can make it difficult to implement active learning strategies. This one-size-fits-all approach can inadvertently marginalize […]

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POV: Navigating the Future of Higher Education: Learning Analytics Unveiled

Today’s education contexts have become more complex and dynamic than ever. What are the main factors influencing student success or failure in a course? How can we identify at-risk students and provide timely additional support? These questions are central as educators strive to develop a deeper understanding of learners and the vast possibilities of teaching […]

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EdTech Watch List 2023

Digital innovative technology is on the minds of faculty, students, and higher ed leadership broadly. What’s next and what educational technology trends should you be watching? Digital Learning & Innovation’s Educational Technology team crafted a technology-rich list of trends to have on your radar as you prepare for classes this academic year. ChatGPT-4 Amod Lele, […]

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POV: Navigating the Landscape of Generative AI in Education

As we step into the new academic year, I extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you. The Fall semester promises to be another exciting period of intellectual discovery, pedagogical innovation, and collaborative growth.  One pressing issue for many is the role of generative AI in education. AI technologies like GPT-4 have […]

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POV: Learning Community on Universal Design for Learning

Just as a curb cut in the sidewalk helps not only people who use wheelchairs, but also people with strollers, bicycles, or suitcases, a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach – in which we anticipate, and proactively design for, variability in learners – has the potential to benefit all students. UDL is a teaching framework […]

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POV: Reflections on Educational Innovation from the NERCOMP 2023 Conference

In March 2023, Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation project managers, Diana Marian and Diane Carroll, attended the annual NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. In partnership with EDUCAUSE, the conference covered multiple focus areas, including data-driven decision-making, leadership and organizational development, teaching and learning, and innovating student success. Regarding […]

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POV: Inclusive Design for Learning: Insights from a Digital Learning Summit at Notre Dame University

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a Digital Learning Summit at the University of Notre Dame, which focused on the critical issues of inclusivity and belonging in higher education. Keynoted by Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack from Harvard, the summit convened experts in the field of digital learning to discuss the challenges of disadvantaged […]

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POV: Anxiety and Exhilaration: ChatGPT challenges us to think about teaching and learning in an AI ecosystem

Since Open AI launched ChatGPT on November 30, 2022, we have been inundated by information and opinion about this generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool. With over 100 million users around the world, ChatGPT and adjacent, similar tools are rapidly growing in size, improving in function, and further challenging our understanding of what it means to […]

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