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Artificial Intelligence: Exploring the Potential and Pitfalls for Higher Education

With the rapid advance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), higher education institutions must engage in thoughtful discussion about AI's impact on teaching, learning, curriculum, research, careers, and the broader societal implications.  The following opportunities have been planned to encourage thoughtful discussion within the campus community around the potential benefits and pitfalls presented by AI.

Registration and session details are on the CIS Events page

Artificial Intelligence Conversations: A CMU Speaker Series

Innovation and Online, in partnership with the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support (CIS), proudly presents an enlightening speaker series highlighting the promise and pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence. Part of the Provost’s campus-wide AI initiative, this series will delve into the profound effects of AI on various sectors, including academia, industry, and daily living, featuring insights from AI experts and industry leaders. Join us in this journey of discovery and adaptation as we embrace the opportunities and tackle the challenges posed by AI, positioning our community at the vanguard of this technological wave.


University Discussion on AI with Angle Bush, moderated by Provost Nancy Mathews (In-person and livestream)

Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (HP 1020 & Livestream)

Presenter: Angle Bush, Black Women in Artificial Intelligence

Echoes of Innovation: Black Women in the Era of AI aims not only to highlight the remarkable contributions of Black women in artificial intelligence but also to deepen the audience's understanding of AI itself. Through this interactive discussion, this event will explore the latest developments, ethical considerations, and future trends in AI. Attendees will learn about the real-world applications of AI, how it’s transforming industries, and the importance of inclusivity in the tech field.

Spring Faculty Workshop Series: Revisiting the AI Journey

This faculty teaching workshop series provides practical insights and strategies to understand and effectively implement AI in the higher education classroom, and faculty workflow.


Revisiting the AI Journey: Integrating AI in the Instructor's Workflow

Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. (Hyflex)

Unveiling the Future: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education Symposium

Friday, March 15, 2024

The term Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems everywhere in the public sphere. AI impacts the information we receive, how our healthcare is determined, the music we listen to, and the advertisements we serve. But what is the role of AI in higher education?

To answer this question, Innovation and Online, in partnership with CIS, will be hosting an Artificial Intelligence symposium featuring a keynote address delivered by Dr. Asim Ali from Auburn University. Dr. Ali will explore AI as a compass, guiding attendees through the current trends, challenges, and breakthroughs, including real-world applications, emerging technologies, and the ethical considerations that shape the AI industry in higher education.

The symposium will also highlight the work of CMU’s AI Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) that has taken place during this academic year.

Further details will be forthcoming, including the full agenda and virtual links.

Symposium Agenda

8:30-9 a.m. - Registration

9:00-10 a.m. - Opening Keynote

10:10-11 a.m. - Breakout Sessions from CMU’s AI Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)

11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions from CMU’s AI FLCs

12:00–12:45 p.m. - Lunch

1-2 p.m. - Plenary Session

2:10-3 p.m. - Breakout Sessions from CMU’s AI FLCs

3:10-4 p.m. - Panel Discussion

Register to attend

For a self-directed exploration of AI, see our Artificial Intelligence (AI) Resources.