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AI in Higher Ed: Transforming the Teaching and Learning Experience

Thank you to all of the presenters and everyone who joined us via Zoom for the AI in Higher Ed: Transforming the Teaching and Learning Experience Symposium on Friday, September 22, 2023.

Panelist Papers

Southworth, Jane, Kati Migliaccio, Joe Glover, David Reed, Christopher McCarty, Joel Brendemuhl, and Aaron Thomas. “Developing a model for AI Across the curriculum: Transforming the higher education landscape via innovation in AI literacy.” Computers and Education: Artificial Intelligence 4 (2023): 100127.

All presentation Abstracts are available at

Presentations Recording from the Presenter

Time Eastern (ET) Presentation/Session Title Moderators/Session Chairs
9:00 a.m. ET Symposium Welcome, Introduction, & Logistics
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Victor Hazlewood
Associate CIO & Director HPSC
Office of Innovative Technologies
9:05 a.m. ET Panel Discussion:
Future of Education in the World of AI

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Dr. Lynne Parker
Associate Vice Chancellor & Director
AI Tennessee Initiative


Dr. Jane Southworth
Department Chair and Professor
co-Chair AI Across the Cirriculum
University of Florida

Dr. Yiran Chen
John Cocke Distinguished Professor
of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Duke University

Douglas J. Vargo
Vice President
Emerging Technologies Practice Lead
CGI Inc.
Ozlem Kilic
Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
and Dean of College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies

Dan Harder
Chief Academic Technology Officer & Deputy CIO
Office of Innovative Technologies
10:00 am ET AI and Equity
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Computer Vision, Sharks, and Fossils:
Integrating AI in Teacher Education
Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko, PhD
Professor of Educational Technology
Director, NeurAL Lab
School of Teaching and Learning
University of Florida

Building Equitable AI with Good Systems:
Ethical AI at UT Austin
Dr. Kenneth Fleischmann
School of Information
University of Texas, Austin

Leveraging Human-Centered Approaches to
Design Inclusive AI Applications
Dr. Hope Chidziwisano
Assistant Professor
School of Information Sciences
Dania Bilal, Professor
School of Information Science
11:00 am ET How to Use AI to Increase Student Engagement
in the Classroom

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Multimodal Generative AI: Transforming Content Creation in Higher Education
M’Hammed Abdous
Assistant Vice President
Teaching and Learning
Old Dominion University

Teaching Artificial Intelligence for Chemical
Dr. Konstantinos Vogiatzis
Associate Professor

AI and Workforce Development: A Case Study
of an AI Training Program for Health
Education and Behavior Majors at the
University of Florida
Delores C.S. James, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, FASHA
Associate Professor
Director of AI Initiatives
Department of Health Education and Behavior
College of Health and Human Performance
University of Florida

Mehmet Aydeniz
Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Zoi Traga Philippakos
Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
12 noon – 12:20 pmBreak
12:20 pm Technological Innovation in Pedagogy and Activities
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From Numbers to Narratives: Teaching Creativity
in the Data Science Classroom
Dr. Jiaqi (Jackey) Gong
Associate Professor
Director, Sensor-Accelerated Intelligent Learning Laboratory
Department of Computer Science
The University of Alabama

Reimagining Online Assignments with and
Because of GenAI
Jason Johnston, PhD
Executive Director of Online Learning & Course Production
Online Learning and Academic Programs

John Nash, PhD
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Studies
Director, Laboratory on Design Thinking
University of Kentucky
Xiaopeng Zhao
Program Director
College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies
Charles Liu
Business Analytics & Statistics
Haslam College of Business
1:00 p.m. ET AI Tools in Education
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Using Conversational AI in a VR Classroom
to Explore the Late Medieval Anglo-Norman World
Dr. Anne-Helene Miller and Doug Canfield
Associate Professor
Riggsby Director, Marco Institute for
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Chair, French and Francophone Studies

AI in Education: Socratic Search of a Knowledge Landscape
Simon Carrignon, Damian Ruck, Alex Bentley
Dr. Alex Bentley
Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

AI Tools for Education from OIT
Dan Harder
Chief Academic Technology Officer
Josh Fagan
College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies
2:00 p.m. ET Faculty Training Models for AI in Education
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The Online, Self-Paced Teaching with AI Resource
Asim Ali, Lindsay Doukopoulos, Shawndra Bowers
and DeElla Wiley
Dr. Asim Ali
Executive Director
Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning
Auburn University

CAS AI Educational Campaign – RFP:
Exploring the Use and Integration of
Generative AI Tools in Classroom Activities
Claire Mayo, Liem Tran, Michael Blum,
Beauvais Lyons, Kate Jones, and Patrick Grzanka

Presenting: Dr. Claire Mayo
College Curriculum Coordinator and Associate Administrator of Academic Programs
College of Arts and Sciences

How to Engage, Educate and Motivate University
Faculty to use GENAI Tools in Teaching and Research?
Dr. Mehmet Aydeniz
Professor of STEM Education
Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Mehmet Aydeniz
Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Chris Kilgore
Associate Director for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning Innovation
Division of Faculty Affairs
3:00 p.m. ET Panel Discussion: Student Perspectives of AI in Education
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Student Panelists:
Shawn-Patrick Barhorst, Electrical Engineering
Maggie Diedrich, English
Grace Duncan, English
FNU (Harsh) Harshvardhan, Business Analytics & Statistics
Jennifer Hulen Maranville, Computer Science
Tyler Morris, Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical Engineering
Kevin M. Kit
Associate Professor & Director
Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program
Kirsten Benson
Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center
4:00 p.m. ET Wrap Up: Symposium Committee and
Hosts and Session co-Chairs only

For Hosts and Session Chairs only
For Hosts and Session Chairs only

About This Event

The Provost’s Office in partnership with the Office of Innovative Technologies, High Performance & Scientific Computing, and the College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies will be hosting this exciting event.

What is AI in Higher Education?

The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) technology is inevitably impacting higher education, with ChatGPT, an AI-based language processing tool being one such powerful example. With news and articles coming from all perspectives, it sparked global discussions in higher education about its presence in the classroom, and what challenges and opportunities it might present. The AI in Higher Ed: Transforming the Teaching and Learning Experience Symposium strives to engage higher education faculty and students in thoughtful conversations and state-of-the-art work happening on this topic.

We are excited to invite you to the AI in Higher Ed: Transforming the Teaching and Learning Experience Symposium which is dedicated to exploring the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI) in the realm of higher education. Our symposium brings together educators, students, researchers, administrators, and industry experts to delve into the cutting-edge applications, challenges, and opportunities that AI offers in shaping the future of learning. Topics of interest include, but is not limited to, AI-focused educational programs, collaborations with industry and other universities, AI community engagement, AI ethics and policy, AI tools for the classroom, infrastructure and computing resources, and public policy and advocacy.

With AI revolutionizing various industries, it is crucial for higher education institutions to adapt and harness its potential to enhance teaching, learning, and student success. This symposium serves as a platform to exchange ideas, share best practices, and foster collaborations in integrating AI technologies into higher education environments.

Through engaging keynote speeches, interactive panel discussions, and thought-provoking sessions, you will gain invaluable insights into the latest AI innovations, emerging trends, and AI discussions from esteemed educators, practitioners, and researchers. Discover how AI can revolutionize personalized learning, adaptive assessments, intelligent tutoring, and much more.

Who Should Attend?

Whether you are an educator seeking to enhance your pedagogical practices, an administrator exploring AI-driven institutional solutions, or a researcher pushing the boundaries of AI in education, our symposium offers a wealth of knowledge and networking opportunities.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the symposium agenda and registration details. Join us on this incredible journey as we unravel the limitless possibilities of AI in higher education and strive to shape a future where technology and education intertwine seamlessly.

We look forward to welcoming you to the AI in Higher Ed: Transforming the Teaching and Learning Experience Symposium and together, envisioning a future where AI transforms education for the better.

Do I Need to Register?

No registration is required. To facilitate recording and keeping the recordings short we will have multiple Zoom sessions. All Zoom session links are provided in the Agenda below. All Zoom sessions are webinars with up to 1000 participants with only hosts and panelists allowed to show their video and share screens.

Symposium PDF: Feedback from Participants

The Google document shared with all the participants in the Symposim for any feedback, questions and answers is converted into the PDF format and can be found here.

Symposium Support

If you need any support for the AI in Higher Education Symposium please email or email directly to Victor Hazlewood at

All times Eastern Time Zone
Note: All sessions will be recorded. All sessions will start 15 minutes early for presenters to test.
Webinar session limit is 1000 participants.

CECS – College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies
CCI- College of Communication and Information
CEHHS – College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
OIT – Office of Innovative Technology
TCE – Tickle College of Engineering
UTK – The University of Tennessee, Knoxville