Pedagogy Workshops

Have you heard about ChatGPT? Are you wondering what to do about it in your writing-intensive classes? 

Through tools such as ChatGPT, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has suddenly become much better and easier to use, and students are discovering how to use AI in their writing. If you'd like to learn more about how AI writing tools work, how students are already using them, and how to revise your assignments to account for them, join us for a workshop sponsored by the Writing Institute and run by Annette Vee (Pitt) and Tim Laquintano (Lafayette College).

This free workshop is open to Pitt faculty, TAs, and anyone teaching Pitt courses. In this 2-hour workshop, participants will:

  • Learn some background on generative AI such as ChatGPT, and how large language models (LLMs) work
  • Strategize how to talk to students about Generative AI
  • Explore statistics and case studies of uses of AI in student writing and teacher responses
  • Revisit an assignment to "stress test" it against AI tools and then revise it
  • See examples of how faculty have productively integrated AI tools into writing classes
  • Receive a sample statement for writing syllabi on AI use in courses

We will hold both an in-person and a Zoom workshop with these same topics.

In-person: Thursday, May 25, 2023 on campus, 2 – 4 pm (refreshments start at 1:45). Register by May 18.

Zoom: Thursday, June 1, 2023, 10 am – 12 pm. Register by May 29 for the Zoom workshop.

Annette Vee is Director of Composition and Associate Professor of English at University of Pittsburgh. Her research is at the intersection of computational technology and writing and she's published on computer coding, AI writing, blockchain, and bots. She has been teaching with automated writing technologies for several years and has led conversations about the use of AI in writing courses at Pitt.

Tim Laquintano is a Pitt alum and current Associate Professor of English at Lafayette College, where he directs the College Writing Program. His research and faculty development workshops focus on uses of technology in writing.