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AI for Humans - #1. Multiple Elephants in the Room

Morgan Anderson (EPFLS), Chris Neuhaus (Library), Jonathan Chenoweth (CETL)
Friday, September 29 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Rod 378 [+ view-only Zoom]


In September we launch “AI for Humans,” a monthly forum - equal parts presentation & open conversation - that invites faculty to examine how we are navigating life & work & learning with AI. Our aim for this first session is to consider the broader context(s) in which our ChatGPT challenges have arisen and will play out. In October the topic will be more narrowly focused on "the art of the prompt", and in November we turn to matters of “security, policy, and academic ethics.” BTW, you can find a wide variety of AI-related resources at our dedicated webpage:

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“Iowa Culture 101”

Mark Grey, Professor of Anthropology

October 5 | 3:15pm | ScholarSpace


While most of our faculty come from out of state, the vast majority of our students are native Iowans. Consequently, many new faculty at UNI may experience Cedar Falls as less diverse than their last place of residence, but for many students this is the most diverse community they have called home. The potential for misunderstanding is almost baked in.

Dr. Mark Grey (Professor of Anthropology, and Head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology) has studied and worked with populations across this state and developed programs to share his findings, in particular with health care professionals. His insights into what constitutes “Iowa culture” might surprise you, even if you have lived here for decades. What might we learn about this place that will help us build community with our students, colleagues, and fellow citizens?

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Panel Session on Academic Rigor

Gayle Rhineberger (Criminology), Farah Kashef, Matt Townsley (EPFLS), Amy Igou (Accounting)

October 17, 11am | via Zoom


“Academic rigor”: what does it mean and how do we feel about it? Where do our responsibilities lie with respect to upholding benchmarks or creating barriers? What do our students need from us: more challenge or more compassion? If these are gray areas, how do we balance our expectations and obligations? 

If there were easy answers to these questions then we wouldn’t need to have the discussion! But discussion can be a useful way to clarify our thinking and calibrate our teaching. Come listen to our panelists explore, articulate, and share some thoughts, and then join in as you wish. We’ll make room for conversation.

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AI for Humans - #2. Thinking about Prompts

Panelists: Doug Shaw (Mathematics), Karen Tracey (Languages & Literatures), Disa Cornish (Nursing & Public Health), Magdalena Galloway (Curriculum & Instruction)

Monday, October 30 | 3:30pm-4:45pm | Rod 378

For the second installment in our series on teaching in the company of AI we’ll hear from a panel of faculty about their experiences with prompt engineering. The way we frame our questions or prompts has a substantial impact on how AI tools respond. Our panelists will describe how they try to get the most (or the least!) from the tools, and how they help students develop skills and agency in this regard. We’ll share a resource handout, as well.

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