AI in the Classroom Series

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Faculty and Student Perspectives from Teachers College

View the interview series from the Digital Futures Institute on the way Teachers College students and faculty have begun taking up AI tools in their courses, research and beyond.

How Can Making Artificial Intelligence-Proof Assignments Improve Your Class?

At first, Teachers College Professor Ioana Literat was a little reluctant to have to revisit her assignments in classes that were going well, but she wanted to make updates to make sure everything still worked given the popularity of generative AI tools like ChatGPT. However, she found that doing an “AI Audit” of her syllabus improved her courses overall.

Ioana Literat, Associate Professor, Mathematics,  Science & Technology Department

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Can Artificial Intelligence Help Rethink Writing and Assessment?

Elin Sundström Sjödin thinks the conversation in Sweden started the wrong way with news of a cheating scandal involving ChatGPT. Right now, who is considered an academic “success” is greatly impacted by students being graded on the quality of their writing. But what happens when generative AI makes writing more accessible, something that no longer separates who is considered an academic success?

Elin Sundström Sjödin, Associate Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Mälardalen University

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How New Artificial Intelligence Tools Will Keep Changing Education

Professor Erik Voss had been considering AI tools before the current generation of generative AI tools made headlines in the context of language assessment and language learning. He reminds scholars to keep in mind that humans are involved at every stage of the AI process, and looks forward to how emerging AI tools will keep transforming education.

Erik Voss, Assistant Professor, Arts & Humanities

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Artificial Intelligence: Innovation, Reaction and Impact

Professor Yoo Kyung Chang anchors the latest release of large language models by reminding us of ways AI has already been present in education and learning tools. She opens our conversation with key questions for learning designers, and shares her experience using ChatGPT in the classroom.

Yoo Kyung Chang, Senior Lecturer, Mathematics, Science & Technology Department

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AI Hype, Classroom Experiments and an Educator's Dilemma

Professor Alex Bowers reminds us to be aware of the spin regarding "Artificial Intelligence." He brings us into his classroom experiences this last semester, and the question he will have to answer by the next one. Mentioned in this episode: ChatGPT and Copilot

Alex J. Bowers, Professor of Education Leadership, Organization & Leadership Department 

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Interacting with AI in a Meaningful and Positive Way

Professor Jin Kuwata discusses how engaging with AI could help the problem solving process for users, and potentially impact how we see things and how we represent them. Mentioned in this episode: ChatGPT

Jin Kuwata, Lecturer, Mathematics, Science & Technology Department

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Analyzing ChatGPT in the Classroom

Professor Pam Koch opted to address the advances in AI with her students right at the beginning of Spring Semester, and together they analyzed the capabilities as well as the limitations of recent tools. Mentioned in this episode: ChatGPT and Bard

Pam Koch, Mary Swartz Rose Associate Professor of Nutrition and Education

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AI Algorithms and Black Misrepresentation

Minne Atairu is an interdisciplinary artist and a Digital Content Manager at Columbia University. She shares her experience employing AI tools, both as an artist and as an educator working with students in Harlem. Mentioned in this episode: Midjourney and DALL·E 2

Minne Atairu, EdD Student, Art & Art Education Department

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AI in Educational Game Design and Teacher Training

Zoey Liu is a student in the in Instructional Technology program. She advocates for guidance for students who are are using new AI tools, grappling with their opaque data sources and ethical implications, and contemplating a job market that may require related skills as part of the hiring process. Mentioned in this episode:  ChatGPT and Midjourney

Zoey Liu, student, MEd., Math, Science & Technology department

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How to Cite the Series or an Episode

Example Series Citation (APA)

Digital Futures Institute. (2023). AI in the Classroom [Web video series]. Teachers College, Columbia University.

Example Episode Citation (APA)

Digital Futures Institute. (2023). Marketing Hype, Classroom Experiments and an Educator's Dilemma (No. 2) [Web video series episode]. In AI in the Classroom. Teachers College, Columbia University.


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