Ohio5 Virtual Lunchtime Series

Join Ohio Wesleyan University faculty Sarah J. Kaka and Stephanie Merkel to discuss the practical applications of ChatGPT in grading, rubric creation, test question development, and authentic assessment of student work in the context of modern AI. The first in a series of virtual sessions, this first session Using ChatGPT as an Asset in the Classroom is being held on Wednesday September 27th from 12-1pm. Sign up here

Teaching and Learning

Want Your Students To Be Skeptical of ChatGPT? (Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 21, 2023): Try this!

The University of Maryland’s Teaching and Learning Transformation Center and its University Libraries created a Canvas module on AI and information literacy for instructors to use in their courses. You can find the module here. It is offered for free under a Creative Commons license.

Americans Value Good Teaching. Do Colleges? (Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 20, 2023): The evidence doesn’t look good.

Are Your Assessments Fair and Balanced? (Dimple J. Martin, Faculty Focus, September 20, 2023): Recognizing the importance of student feedback fosters active engagement and self-reflection in the student learning process. When feedback is focused, it helps students monitor their own learning, make course corrections throughout the process, choose best strategies, and ultimately, better understand the learning objectives.

The AI Advantage: Boosting Student Engagement in Self-paced Learning through AI (Garima Gupta, Faculty Focus, September 18, 2023): AI empowers educators to provide students with tailored learning paths, immersive experiences, and real-time feedback—elements that boost engagement and facilitate deeper learning. 

Benefits of Pretesting in the Classroom (Cindy Nebel, Learning Scientists, September 15, 2023): More than a century’s worth of research demonstrates the effectiveness of pretesting for long-term retention.

A.I. and Higher Ed

If ChatGPT Can Do It, It’s Not Worth Doing (John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, September 20, 2023): Let’s be sensible about what this technology means.

Extra Credit Reading

The 2023 Marist Mindset List for the Class of 2027: The “always/never” list originated at Beloit in 1998. Examples: Incoming students have always lived in a world visibly affected by climate change; YouTube launched in the year most students were born; and video games are to the 21st century what movies were to the 20th and novels to the 19th.

Russian Liberal-Arts Program, Founded with Bard, Will End (Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 20, 2023): In a case of what’s bad for the goose is bad for the gander, Jonathan Becker, Bard’s executive vice president and VPAA and a Russian scholar, considers the closing of a prominent liberal-arts program in Russia in tandem with the conservative take-over of the New College of Florida.

On the Bookshelf

Peter Hotez, The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science: A Scientist’s Warning (Johns Hopkins). An interview with the author by Tom Bartlett, Peter Hotez Gets a Lot of Hate. He Calls It ‘Anti-Science Aggression’ appears in the Chronicle of Higher Education, September 20, 2023.

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Steven Volk (steven.volk@oberlin.edu), Editor

GLCA/GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning


   Lew Ludwig (ludwigl@denison.edu)
Colleen Monahan Smith (smith@glca.org)

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