Fall 2023 - new AI initiatives

Amherst College is excited to launch the following: 

  • AI Learning Lab - Lunch Series for faculty and instructional staff this fall 2023 semester, focused on teaching and learning and broader conversations about the future of education. Please visit the AI Learning Lab - Lunch Series information page for details, including upcoming sessions and links to RSVP.
  • Amherst AI Café, informal exploratory pop-up cafés around campus for faculty, staff, and students to experiment with the latest paid versions of ChatGPT4. Check out the Amherst AI Café information page for more details, including dates and locations. 

Resources for Faculty

The offices of Academic Technology Services, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Community Standards have collaborated to develop this resource at the request of the Faculty Executive Committee and the Provost’s Office.

The following are learning, living documents that we will continue to update. All are Google Docs that require an Amherst login. Last updated: April 2023

Resources from February 2023 Session ChatGPT in Education: Boon, Bane, and Beyond

From Left to Right, portraits of Professors Chris Grobe, Kristina Reardon, and Lee Spector

On February 20th, 2023 Professors Chris Grobe, Lee Spector, and Kristina Reardon engaged in a discussion exploring the complex web of variables that ChatGPT touches upon, including ethics, justice, motivation, and innovation as well as strategies for navigating generative AI technology in the classroom.This event was co-hosted by Academic Technology Services and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Article about the event by Katherine Duke: Chatting About ChatGPT

Faculty Panelists: 

Featured Questions:
  1. What is ChatGPT? (06:06)
  2. What is ChatGPT’s emerging impact on education? (10:56)
  3. How do you view ChatGPT’s Potential Impact on the Writing Process? (18:19)
  4. What do our students most need to learn in order to navigate a world with generative AI in it? (28:43)
  5. Would the teacher’s “goals for students” change in some small ways, in light of the ChatGPT developments? (34:33)
  6. ChatGPT and other AI tools don’t know truth from falsehood. How do we teach the importance of context and reality when employing ChatGPT? (38:51)
  7. What are your views on using ChaGPT for collaborative authorship? (45:32)
  8. ChatGPT as it now stands cannot be original. What is our goal as teachers - To what extent is our goal the teaching of originality or the elicitation of originality? (50:45)
  9. What are the dangers of ChatGPT synthesizing information for us so that it becomes the voice for us as opposed to letting us be ourselves and making the connections ourselves? (58:07)
  10. What can faculty do about setting expectations around use of ChatGPT in their classes? (1:03:32)
  11. Why is ChatGPT having such a strong impact - why this and why now? (1:06:47)
  12. Why is there greater concern about ChatGPT's impact than previous tools, such as Google search? (1:11:50)

Published Spring 2023 by AcademicTechnology Services