• Educational Tools,  Teaching & Learning

    Generative AI, In Practice: ALT Text, Part I 

    Reading Time: 4 minutes Now that we’ve finished our series on Generative AI over on Transform Your Teaching, we wanted to take this opportunity to dive into specifics for some of the ways GAI can help speed along parts of your process.   CTL recently worked on a course project that included designing a lot of figures and graphics to be included in lesson pages – and each of those images needed to have alt text written for it. Now, I’m no stranger to writing alt text, and it isn’t the most complicated piece of work to do; but it can take a decent bit of time when you’re starting with…

  • Podcast,  Teaching & Learning

    Transform Your Teaching: A Conversation with (Ret.) Lt. General Loren Reno

    Reading Time: 2 minutes In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles chat with (Ret.) Lt. General Loren Reno, Professor of Management and Senior Advisor, Office of the President at Cedarville University. Check out the episode to hear how he uses servant teaching to encourage and inspire students.  Podcast links General Reno’s goal as an educator is to serve. He seeks to inspire his students instead of attempting to control their involvement in the learning process since educators can intrinsically motivate students through inspiration. With this foundation, General Reno provides several traits of a servant teacher:  All these principles are based on approaching teaching with humility. General Reno shares that…

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    Transform Your Teaching: Behind the Scenes with Ryan Liming

    Reading Time: < 1 minute In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles chat with Ryan Liming, a member of the Transform Your Teaching team, to discuss some of the work that goes into producing the podcast. Transform Your Teaching is also using a new tool to hold asynchronous video discussions with listeners. Join us on Flip with all your questions and reflections on the topics we cover.  Podcast links Resources  We want to hear from our listeners, so we’ve launched a discussion on Flip – a video discussion platform. Join us with all your questions and reflections.   Join Transform Your Teaching’s Flip discussion group: https://flip.com/e5ea081d (if it asks…

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    Transform Your Teaching: Recapping Generative AI Applied

    Reading Time: < 1 minute In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles conclude the series on Generative AI and reflect on what they learned. Check out the episode to hear their top three takeaways. They also announce the launch of a new tool we are using to hold asynchronous video discussions with listeners. Join on Flip with all your questions and reflections on the topics we cover.  Podcast links Show notes Jared’s takeaways:  Rob’s takeaways:  Resources  We want to hear from our listeners, so we’ve launched a discussion on Flip – a video discussion platform. Join us with all your questions and reflections.   Join Transform Your Teaching’s Flip…

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    Transform Your Teaching: Generative AI Applied with Dr. Jodie Penrod

    Reading Time: 2 minutes In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles chat with Dr. Jodie Penrod who has a PhD in Educational/Instructional Technology from Ohio University and is the Chief Information Officer at Marshall University. Check out this episode to hear how Marshall University has approached Generative AI and how other educators can use GAI to enhance teaching and learning.  Podcast links Show notes Marshall University has decided to embrace using Generative AI and harness it to fit their goals. Their advice for faculty in using GAI falls into three categories: open use, moderate use, and prohibited. They created these categories to provide a framework to get started.…

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    Transform Your Teaching: Generative AI Applied with Dr. Thomas White 

    Reading Time: 2 minutes In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles talk with Dr. Thomas White, president of Cedarville University. Check out this episode to hear about possible applications of Generative AI at Cedarville and in higher education at large.  Podcast links Show notes Dr. White sees how influential Generative AI will be on higher education and has explored it by using ChatGPT4 and plugins. While using the tools, he has found uses outside of education – recently using Generative AI to help book his family’s vacation. However, Dr. White’s main emphasis for Cedarville faculty is that they need flexibility and freedom to handle how GAI is used…

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    Transform Your Teaching: Generative AI Applied with Kim Woodruff 

    Reading Time: 2 minutes In this episode, Jared Pyles and Dr. Rob McDole talk with Kim Woodruff who is the Director of Instructional Design at Manhattan College. Check out this episode to hear about Manhattan College’s current experience with Generative AI and possible applications that instructors can try.  Podcast links Show notes Manhattan College’s approach to integrating Generative AI (GAI) begins with conversations with their faculty to reach them where they are at. They do not want to push for innovation too quickly, so they provide tips and tricks based on sound pedagogical ideas. Kim often encourages instructors to be experimental and use GAI to perform authentic tasks.  Manhattan faculty have…

  • Educational Tools,  Teaching & Learning

    Transform Your Teaching: Generative AI Applied with Dr. Vladimir Bratic 

    Reading Time: < 1 minute In this episode, Jared Pyles and Dr. Rob McDole talk with Dr. Vladimir Bratic who has a PhD in Mass Communication from Ohio University and is an assistant professor of Media and Communications at Hollins University. Check out this episode to hear how ChatGPT has gone from being a flashy innovation to an everyday tool.  Podcast links Show notes Dr. Bratic has noticed that over the past year, ChatGPT has gone from a flashy innovation to a normalized, embedded tool that influences the average person’s daily life. It is “coming to us and begging us to use it.” However, he notices that there are still obstacles…

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    Transform Your Teaching: Generative AI Applied with Tiffin University Faculty – Part II

    Reading Time: 2 minutes In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles continue their chat about the use of Generative AI in Higher Education with faculty from Tiffin University. Check out the episode to hear how instructors can employ Generative AI in their day-to-day teaching practices. Podcast links Show notes The rapid changes of generative AI tools such as ChatGPT make keeping up with them challenging. To combat this challenge, instructors learn how to use these tools better through training in prompt engineering. At Tiffin, they have recently hired someone to assist faculty in incorporating AI tools into teaching.   The Tiffin faculty also shared about an upcoming webinar on…

  • Educational Tools,  Podcast,  Teaching & Learning

    Transform Your Teaching: Generative AI Applied with Tiffin University Faculty – Part I

    Reading Time: < 1 minute In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles chat with two faculty members from Tiffin University about the use of generative AI. Check out the episode to hear how Tiffin equips students and faculty to use AI well. Podcast links Show notes Tiffin University’s approach to generative AI is marked with innovation. They start with being transparent about how generative AI should be used, giving students an AI “toolkit” so they are aware of AI’s limitations and are able to use it ethically. Dr. Meadows, Dr. Clark, and Tiffin introduced design statements (statements that students include in assignments describing how they used AI to aid…