• 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…

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    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…

  • Podcast,  Teaching & Learning

    Transform Your Teaching: Live 50th Episode

    Reading Time: < 1 minute In this episode, we celebrate the 50th episode of Transform Your Teaching with a live Q&A. Check out the episode to hear Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles answer teaching and learning-related questions from our live audience. Contact us at ctlpodcast@cedarville.edu with any questions. Podcast links Want to never miss a post? Subscribe here!

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

    Reading Time: 2 minutes In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles chat with Dr. Jules White who has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and serves as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Generative AI in Education and Enterprise Solutions at Vanderbilt University. Check out the episode to hear their discussion about how instructors can help students become comfortable with generative AI and use it effectively. Podcast links Show notes Dr. Jules White is excited about generative AI and sees it as a “new medium”—fundamentally transformative to how people live their daily lives. More specifically, Dr. White has seen AI’s impact in education. In his current position, he has…

  • Miscellaneous,  Teaching & Learning

    Jason Frieling: Wanderings 

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Twenty-four years. That number represented close to half of my life at the time of my departure from teaching in the Michigan public school system. Twenty of those years were spent as an English teacher at the middle and high school levels, with the last four serving as an instructional technology coach and the district’s virtual academy coordinator. For the past two plus years, I have had the distinct pleasure of first working for Cedarville’s Continuing Education as well as Assessment and Accreditation departments and now an instructional designer for the Center for Teaching and Learning.    While it may seem that I had planned my…

  • Educational Tools,  Podcast,  Teaching & Learning

    Transform Your Teaching: Generative AI Applied – Whisper

    Reading Time: < 1 minute In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles explore a generative AI tool called “Whisper” through asking it to play the role of “guest” on the podcast. Check out the episode to hear the conversation and strategies Whisper provides for teaching and learning. Podcast links Show notes Jared and Rob explore the capabilities of a generative AI tool created by OpenAI called “Whisper.” According to OpenAI, it is “an automatic speech recognition (ASR) system trained on 680,000 hours of multilingual and multitask supervised data collected from the web.” To showcase its capabilities, Rob and Jared create a prompt for Whisper to act as a…

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    Transform Your Teaching: Generative AI Applied – Introduction

    Reading Time: 1 minute In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles start a new series on generative AI and its practical usage in higher education. Check out the episode to hear a general overview of generative AI models and possible ways that instructors can begin using these models in their teaching. Podcast links Show notes Generative AI Language models are designed to process large amounts of information and are trained to understand and generate text like a human through a vast amount of data, including books, websites, and articles.  In many ways, OpenAI’s ChatGPT has become synonymous with generative AI, however, a wide variety of generative AI models…

  • Canvas,  Teaching & Learning

    Beginning of the Semester Reminders and Tips 

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Welcome to the start of a new semester! Today we’re going be chatting about some tips and reminders to make this first week (and the rest of the semester) easier. We know there’s a big gap between semester starts, so it’s easy for some of these things to slip your memory.   Combining Canvas sections  You may be teaching multiple sections of the same course but want to combine all your students into one section so you have a single place to work on the course. Canvas makes it simple to combine those multiple sections into one. A brief note: you’ll need to combine them before students…

  • Teaching & Learning

    Transform Your Teaching: Communication with Dr. Sandra Yang

    Reading Time: < 1 minute In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles discuss communication with Dr. Sandra Yang who has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and serves as a professor of Music History at Cedarville University. Check out the episode to hear how she approaches communication with students and instructors. Podcast links Show notes Dr. Yang discusses the importance of communication with her students in both face-to-face and virtual environments. She emphasizes the need for clear communication and establishing guidelines at the beginning of a course for both students and instructors. In her syllabi, she addresses her own responsibility as a teacher to be…