SIU's Teaching & Learning with AI Week

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Welcome to a Week of Discussion about Artificial Intelligence, Teaching, and Learning at SIU Carbondale!

Experience a week of insightful sessions starting at 6 p.m. CST on February 12, 2024, with Sid Dobrin’s talk on “Higher Education and Artificial Intelligence.” The AI week will continue through February 16, featuring more AI-focused workshops, demonstrations, and discussions. This event is free and open to the public, except for exclusive events as noted in the schedule.


Note: Any updates, such as changes in venue or additions, will be noted in the schedule each day.

Keynote: "Higher Education and Artificial Intelligence" 

Monday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m. | SIU Guyon Auditorium (Morris Library)

Sid Dobrin, Chair of the University of Florida’s English department, has become one of the world’s most sought-after academic experts on Generative AI, having delivered more than 40 talks worldwide in 2023. He is the Founding Director of the Trace Innovation Initiative at UF and has been named a Digital Thought Leader by Adobe. He is a member of the Florida Institute for National Security, part of the University of Florida’s AI Initiative. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, including Talking about Generative AI: A Guide for EducatorsAI and Writing, and the forthcoming collection AI and the Humanities. His current research project examines enduring questions motivated by AI.

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Featured presentation: "Black Goddess Project: A Machine Learning Approach to Beauty Standards"

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 5 p.m. | SIU Center for Virtual Expression (Faner Hall 1229)

Dajonea Robinson, MFA student, AI Researcher at SIU Center for Virtual Expression (CVeX)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what happens when the beholder is a machine? In this presentation, Dajonea presents an artificial intelligence art-powered project that features primarily Black women of all shapes and sizes; see how the diversity and exquisiteness of Black beauty though the lense of AI.

Featured presentation: "The Golem, Roald Dahl, and AI"

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. | SIU Center for Virtual Expression (Faner Hall 1229)

Pinckney Benedict
Professor of English & Director of the SIU Center for Virtual Expression

This talk explores humanity's quest for the perfect servant through myths, stories, and technology. This fifty-minute session includes a talk, demonstration, and Q&A, focusing on the intersection of folklore, literature, and AI in creative processes.

Featured presentation: "Teaching with Generative AI"

Friday, February 16, 12 p.m. | Online via Zoom

Emily Boles
Instruction Specialist, Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service
University of Illinois - Springfield

Layne Morsch
Interim Associate Provost for Online, Professional, and Engaged Learning
University of Illinois - Springfield

Join Emily Boles and Layne Morsch for a discussion on the importance of actively engaging students in conversations about artificial intelligence, syllabus language, and assignment instructions that explicitly address appropriate and inappropriate uses of AI.



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Why You Should Attend:

  • Explore some of the work faculty and students are doing with AI and their impact on education.
  • Discuss how AI is changing the way we learn and teach.
  • Connect and collaborate with a diverse community excited or fearful of AI.
  • Observe how some campus units are using AI through their demonstrations. 

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