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Fall 2023 Educators’ Retreat

Tools, Techniques, and Trends in an AI-Enhanced Higher Education

The Office of Academic Integrity and the Center for Faculty Development invite faculty and staff to attend the Fall 2023 Educators’ Retreat. This year's event will be a half-day mini-conference hosted on Thursday, October 12, 2023, during Fall Break, that brings together faculty, administrators, and staff to discuss strategies for effectively implementing generative artificial intelligence (AI) technologies at Southern Miss. The goal of the event is to help educators at all levels harness the power of generative AI to enhance student learning, research productivity, and job performance.  The conference schedule and additional details are listed below along with a link to register to attend.


Thursday, October 12, 2023
Elizabeth Harkins Hall, room 120

8:00 - 8:30 am
Check-in & Coffee Break

8:30 - 10:00 am
Welcome & Keynote Address by Dr. Kimberly Van Orman, Lecturer, University of Georgia

Dr. Kimberly Van Orman, Lecturer, University of GeorgiaDr. Kimberly Van Orman is a full-time Lecturer with the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Georgia. She teaches courses including. AI, Ethics and AI, Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science. Her research areas include philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and the ethical implications of AI. Prior to her current appointment she served as an instructional consultant at the University at Albany, SUNY and created a professional development certificate for graduate students as well as co-created workshops on teaching, learning and professional development for faculty.

10:10 – 11:00 am
Concurrent Session Breakout #1

1. Practical Uses of Generative Artificial Intelligence for Higher Ed Faculty with Dr. John Kmiec & Dr. Hugh Broome
This hands-on workshop introduces higher education faculty to the capabilities of generative artificial intelligence, exploring its potential through live demos and interactive sessions. The workshop will showcase applications of generative AI to complement teaching and research.

2. Practical Uses of Generative Artificial Intelligence for Higher Ed Faculty with Dr. Marti Jordan
This presentation will highlight some of the current use of AI within and outside of higher education. Recommendations for developing programs to implement AI ethically and responsibly into university operations and course work.

11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Session Breakout #2

1. Designing Novel Writing Assignments in the Age of AI with Kelly Vera
In the struggle to combat plagiarism and use of AI in writing assignments, faculty must become more creative and reduce their reliance on older methods. Presentation will include methods for including AI in assignments, along with ideas for more AI- and plagiarism-proof writing prompts, and the opportunity to share ideas with faculty from other disciplines.

2. Interpreting the Turnitin AI Similarity Score with Dr. James Thomas
The workshop is designed to guide faculty members through the interpretation of Turnitin’s Artificial Intelligence similarity score, providing them with the knowledge and tools to effectively assess academic integrity in student writing submissions. It will cover how the score may be artificially lowered, how it may be inflated, and manual methods for artificial intelligence detection.

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Closing Remarks


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