Generative AI Speed Rounds: Tools for Research and Teaching

This interactive workshop will briefly introduce participants to generative artificial intelligence -- what it is and how it is different from previous tools. After that, we will explore several generative AI tools for research and teaching. We will discuss ways to effectively engage with these tools and how we might use them professionally and in the classroom.

Writing Learning Objectives

What students should know and be able to do? Faculty should be ready and able to answer the question, "Why do I need to know this?!?" Learning objectives should represent measurable and/or observable behaviors -- think "more verbs and fewer nouns" -- for us to design around how people actively learn. As an instructional designer, you should ask yourself these questions when creating and reviewing objectives and outcomes:

Adding Grading Rubrics to your Course

Rubrics serve as guiding tools for instructors in evaluating their students' work or performance, enhancing reliability, validity, and transparency in assessments (Chowdhury, 2018). While not suitable for all scenarios, such as multiple-choice exams, rubrics prove invaluable for performance-based tasks like writing, oral presentations, and projects. Generally, rubrics fall into three categories: analytic, holistic, and checklist.


According to a study conducted by researchers at Grand Canyon University in 2013, “full-time online faculty reported spending the majority of their time on two teaching tasks: grading papers and assignments (36.93% of weekly time) and facilitating discussion threads (14.73% of instructional time).” We recognize the hard work and effort instructors spend on giving their students meaningful feedback, but we also recognize the need to streamline the grading process so your time can be spent elsewhere.

State Library OER Grant Opportunity for Instructors

The FY24 budget for the state of Illinois appropriated $3 million in funding that the Illinois State Library has made for authoring, revising/remixing, updating, or creating ancillary materials for OER textbooks. The Open Educational Resource grant has a close turnaround time, with a maximum award of $150,000. Multiple grants can be submitted from the same institution. Applications are due to the Illinois State Library by April 1, 2024.

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Syllabus and Assignment Icons to Guide Student Use

Syllabus Statements

Whether you want to encourage or discourage students' use of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in your course, syllabus statements are a great way to frame the conversation about generative AI with your students. COLRS has created a common document for UIS instructors to share the generative AI syllabus statements. Please email your AI syllabus language to COLRS for it to be added on your behalf.