Building AI Literacy With Students

  • FEBRUARY 16, 2024 | 12:00PM MT

Generative AI technology has expanded its reach well beyond ChatGPT, offering students and educators opportunities to explore it in pragmatic and ethical use cases. Through well-planned assignments and human-centered interfaces, this technology can be a powerful tool to augment learning, not replace it.


Slides for Presentation:

Recent Generative AI Developments:

  • Sora: OpenAI announced a text-to-video model called Sora. Their page has a number of demos you can view.
  • Gemini Ultra 1.5: A week earlier, Google announced they were rebranding Bard as Gemini and launching it with their GPT-4 level model called Ultra 1.0. Yesterday, they made the announcement they were releasing Ultra 1.5. That’s two back-to-back announcements from Google in under a week. Ultra 1.5 can read up to one million tokens in its context window.

AI Institute Resources:

  • Emily Pitts-Donahoe wrote a recap of the Winter AI Institute for Teachers and included it in CETL’s newsletter. Below are links to the open-sourced curriculum.

Example Tools and Critical Framework:

Workshop Leader

Marc Watkins is an Academic Innovation Fellow, Lecturer of Writing and Rhetoric, and serves as the Director of the AI Summer Institute for Teachers of Writing at the University of Mississippi. He co chairs the AI working group within his department and serves as a liaison with other departments on campus, exploring generative AI’s impact on teaching and learning. In addition to being awarded a Pushcart Prize, Marc has been awarded a 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching and Learning, a WOW Fellowship, and a Sarah ISOM Fellowship. His research includes OER, open pedagogy, creative writing, digital humanities, AI in education, and grant writing.



Academic Innovation Fellow, Lecturer of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Mississippi