Since the release of ChatGPT in November 2022, generative AI has become a hot topic in the mainstream media and a subject of constant chatter in the higher education space. At IMATS, we've been driving forward the conversation about AI at Barnard.
- Generative AI Learning Community: In collaboration with the CEP, CSC, and BLAIS, IMATS is running a Generative AI Learning Community during the 2023-24 academic year. Open to students. faculty, and staff, this is a monthly, hybrid space where we can come together to learn about and play with this new technology in a supportive, collaborative environment. Discussion topics and activities will be driven by the interests of the participants. To participate, fill out the interest form.
AI consultations: IMATS staff can consult with faculty and instructors who are interested in discussing teaching and learning in the age of generative AI. We understand there are many different approaches to AI in the classroom: We can help you understand the technology in relationship to your course goals, and discuss the approach that makes the most sense for you. If you are interested in engaging with AI in your course, we can share important considerations and consult on assignment design. To set up a consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community of Practice Participation and Professional Development: We are ensuring that our staff stays up-to-date on generative AI developments. As such, Melanie Hibbert and Elana Altman are part of Educause's AI Community of Practice, a monthly meeting of instructional technology leaders at colleges and universities throughout the country.
Who’s Afraid of ChatGPT?: A Conversation with Students, Faculty and Staff about Generative AI in the Classroom: In March 2023, we teamed up with colleagues at the CEP and BLAIS to present this session at the annual Barnard Bold conference.
Resources for Faculty, Students & Staff
- Generative AI & The College Classroom: A guide by the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, with contributions and input from the IMATS staff
- Student Guide to Generative AI: A resource by the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, written in consultation with IMATS
- What is ChatGPT?: Slide deck by Elana Altman and Tristan Shippen
Using Generative AI at Barnard
Barnard does not currently have an institutional subscription to a generative AI service. However, individuals and departments may choose to purchase subscriptions to services.