Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Spring Teaching Forum: Teaching in the Age of ChatGPT

Event Series 


Graduate & Professional Students, Postdoctoral Fellows

Event Time 

Monday, May 1, 2023 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location of Event: 

17 Hillhouse, Room 101 (TEAL)

Event Description 

Join us at the Poorvu Center for the 2023 Spring Teaching Forum, “Teaching in the Age of ChatGPT,” with visiting speaker Derek Bruff (University of Mississippi). The forum is an annual event that promotes discussion and collaboration around teaching at Yale.

If a robot can do your students’ homework, should you outlaw the robot or change the homework? With the advent of easy-to-use artificial intelligence (AI) text generation tools like ChatGPT, educators must grapple with this question and what it means for their course and assignment designs. In this practical session, we will briefly survey the landscape of AI tools for generating text and other media, then dive into the teaching choices they present. What changes do we need to make to our learning objectives, if any, in light of ChatGPT, and other AI tools? How can we design assignments that either integrate, disallow, or minimize AI tools to meet those learning objectives? 

This year’s speaker, Derek Bruff, is an educator, author, and higher ed consultant. He directed the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching for more than a decade, where he helped faculty and other instructors develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching. Bruff is the author of Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching (West Virginia University Press, 2019) and Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments (Jossey-Bass, 2009). Bruff has a PhD in mathematics and has taught math courses at Vanderbilt and Harvard University.

Lunch will be provided, and the location is 17 Hillhouse, Room 101 (TEAL).

Event Agenda.

12 to 12:15: Lunch and Informal Introductions. 

12:15 to 12:20: Opening Remarks. 

12:20 to 1:20: Presentation.

12:20 to 12:50: Q&A. 

1:50 to 2:00: Closing remarks