Innovation/Education Series

Learning about Machine Learning

Amidst the current frenzy and some fear for ChatGPT and other new text- and image-generating AI bots promising to disrupt higher education, we pause to deepen the conversation on machine learning or artificial intelligence as a potential learning tool and emerging reality on campus. We have organized a series of conversations with and for faculty, staff, and students that pursue three questions: What is machine learning? Where might we use it? How should we address it? Spring 2023.

First Conversation: What is Machine Learning and What is it Doing in Education?

January 25, 2023. 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall

Join us for an initial exploration and demonstration of ChatGPT, what this this new machine learning model does, and what it means for higher education. Presentation by Kyle Wilson, Allender Associate Professor of Ethical Data Science.

Second Conversation: Where Might We Find/Use Machine Learning in the Classroom and on Campus?

Thursday, Mach 2. 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Coffee Hour in the Faculty Lounge, Hodson Hall

Join us for a Speedshare workshop on where ChatGPT and other machine learning tools might be useful in teaching and learning. Presentations and demonstrations from Washington College faculty, staff, and students. Bring a lunch; we’ll provide the refreshments.

Third Conversation: How Should We Address Machine Learning in our Principles and Policies?

Monday, April 10. 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall.

Join us for a concluding philosophical discussion that aims to develop common principles and guidelines for machine learning in education, relevant for potential updates to the Honor Code, new material for student and faculty orientations, and opportunities for research and further conversations.

Link here for curated Resources and Further Reading related to AI and this series.

image credit: “How Aristotle Created the Computer,” The Atlantic (March 20, 2017)


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