Higher Education

Teaching with AI with Author Eddie Watson

In this lively conversation, host Mike Palmer catches up with Dr. C. Edward Watson, Vice President for Digital Innovation at the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Eddie shares insights from his new book, Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning, exploring the practical implications of generative AI tools like ChatGPT on higher education.

We dive into the pressing challenges AI presents, from academic integrity concerns to the need for developing AI literacies in students. Eddie offers pragmatic strategies for educators, such as allowing assignment extensions to reduce cheating temptations and designing assessments that emphasize human evaluation and discernment over rote outputs.

Throughout, we delve into AI’s creative potential as a collaborative partner, generating ideas and metaphors to enhance learning experiences. Eddie paints a vision of personalized AI assistants tailored to individual preferences and disciplines, raising the bar for quality education.

Key Takeaways:

  • Embrace AI as a collaborative tool, not a substitute for human effort
  • Prioritize developing students’ evaluative and critical thinking skills
  • Advocate for institutional access to premium AI tools for educators

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Episode References

Bowen, J. A., & Watson, C. E. (2024). Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning. Johns Hopkins University Press.