August 17, 2023: USDLA’s Free Friday Webinar Series starts up again tomorrow!

Hello USDLA friends — Tomorrow is the re-start of our Free Friday Webinar Series when Dr. Adam Wilson and Instructor Allen Shull talk about “The Ivory Tower of Babel? Concerns and Opportunities for ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education.” Scroll down for details.

Click here to register for tomorrow’s event and these upcoming webinars: usdla.org/webinars

  • August 25: “Tapping into Tik Tok: Techniques for Teaching Today” with Shaunice Sasser.
  • September 1: “Global Educational Mentorship (GEM)” with Toni Hill, Olimpia Leite-Trambly, and Jane Miller.
  • September 8: “Where to Start with IDEAs (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility)? Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities!” with Rosemary Okoiti and Juliet C. Hart.

Public Policy: The association is launching a series of Public Policy webinars this fall. If you have a topic to share or would like to suggest a presenter, click here to complete the proposal form. Webinars are one-hour and include Q&A. Questions, thoughts, ideas? Send an email to committee chair Alexandra Salas: asalas@usdla.org.

We’ll be back in touch on Tuesday with our USDLA News. Until then, all the best to you! —  USDLA Communications Committee


Webinar — Friday, August 18, 1-2 pm: The Ivory Tower of Babel? Concerns and Opportunities for ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education

About the webinar: Just as the Tower of Babel symbolized human achievement and ingenuity, stretching towards the heavens, so too does ChatGPT and related AI technologies leave the world in awe of the rapid and transformative advances in technology, along with the seemingly limitless opportunities for progress.  However, the Tower of Babel’s tragic downfall is a stark warning of the complexities and pitfalls accompanying technological advancement.

In this session: Dr. Adam Wilson (pictured above right) and Allen Shull (pictured left) will examine the potential for ChatGPT and similar technologies, providing examples of how AI can be implemented in faculty workflows, course creation, and student assessments.  Their insights will empower attendees to harness the power of AI in the classroom. Additionally, they will address concerns of academic integrity through ethical pedagogy to meet higher education’s unique challenges as AI continues to reshape the world.

Dr. Adam Wilson is the Director of Online Programs at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi specializing in African American History and is the author of African American Army Officers of World War I: A Vanguard of Equality in War and Beyond.  Outside his professional interests in the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Wilson has published and presented on student engagement, experiential learning via gamification, online teaching best practices and pedagogy, and instructional technology.

Allen Shull is an instructor of English at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he has taught through various distance learning modes since 2007. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, specializing in the utopian science fiction novels of Iain M. Banks. Mr. Shull has presented on the late Roman, early medieval, Enlightenment, and contemporary literature, focusing on ecology, alterity, idealism, and technological aspects of pedagogy.

Register today: usdla.org/webinars