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Science of Learning Institute: Enhancing Student Learning with Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Have you noticed that students sometimes

  • hold misconceptions about the subject?
  • have a shallow understanding of core concepts?
  • struggle to focus while you are teaching?
  • seem disengaged, overwhelmed, or checked out?
  • find it difficult to apply ideas in new contexts?
  • study for exams or prepare for class ineffectively?
  • forget information from previous classes?

Such learning challenges are common and persistent in most college classrooms. Enter AI. As easily as students can do a Google search, they can now type any homework, quiz, exam, or essay question into an AI app such as ChatGPT and get instant answers. While academic misconduct is a great concern, so too is learning. Will AI compound the challenges students face when they try to learn our subjects? Will it short-circuit the learning process altogether, depriving students of the opportunity to build knowledge themselves?

To counter the potentially harmful effects of AI on learning, we will explore how AI can be used as a teaching and learning tool. What could you accomplish with a smart teaching assistant? How much more could your students learn if they each had an individualized learning coach? While current AI may not live up to the hype, it can unlock possibilities. Instructors can use AI to tackle learning challenges and to design learning resources and environments for students.

  • AI can help us answer questions such as the following:
  • How can I encourage a growth mindset as well as a sense of belonging and self-efficacy while reducing fear and mistrust?
  • How can I activate prior knowledge, counter misconceptions, support deeper processing, and make the transfer of learning more likely?
  • How can I focus students' attention, minimize multitasking, and design instruction that recognizes the limits of mental effort and working memory (a.k.a. cognitive load)?
  • How can I promote metacognition, self-regulation, and proven learning strategies such as retrieval practice, spaced practice, and explanation/elaboration?

The Science of Learning Institute provides support for faculty seeking to incorporate insights from the science of learning into their teaching.

We welcome you to join us during this institute which is offered in a blended delivery format. Please review the website for more information and a detailed schedule.  For more information and to apply, check out this website: Applications are being accepted through June 14, 2024.


Past occurrences (1)

  • 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 14


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