The AI Empowerment in Higher Education workshop series equips faculty, staff, and university leaders with the skills to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) in higher education. Spanning four engaging workshops, this series progresses from AI fundamentals to practical applications using tools like ChatGPT, Google’s Gemini, and Microsoft Copilot. Participants will explore AI’s potential to enhance teaching, research, curriculum development, operations, and administration, with a focus on ethical use and innovative integration. Designed for interactive learning, the series encourages hands-on exploration and strategic implementation of AI, fostering an MSU Denver culture ready for the future of education.


Learning Objectives

Understand the Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

Participants will be able to explain the basic concepts, history, and types of AI, including machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks, and understand their implications in various fields.

Recognize the Ethical Implications of AI

Attendees will gain an understanding of the ethical considerations, data privacy issues, and potential biases associated with the development and application of AI technologies.

Identify and Evaluate AI Applications in Education and Administration

Participants will learn to identify potential AI applications within their specific roles and evaluate the benefits and challenges of implementing such technologies in academic and administrative settings.

Demonstrate Proficiency in Using Generative AI Tools

By the end of the series, attendees will be able to proficiently use generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, DALL·E, and Microsoft Copilot, for tasks relevant to their roles, including content creation, data analysis, and administrative support.

Apply AI Tools to Enhance Academic and Administrative Tasks

Participants will acquire the skills to integrate AI tools into their daily workflows, enhancing efficiency, creativity, and decision-making in academic and administrative tasks.

Develop Strategies for Implementing AI in Educational Environments

Attendees will learn to develop and implement strategies for integrating AI technologies in teaching, learning, and administrative processes, with an emphasis on ethical use and accessibility.

Foster an AI-Ready Culture Within the Institution

Participants will understand the importance of and strategies for fostering a culture that embraces AI technologies, encouraging continuous learning, experimentation, and adaptation among faculty, staff, and students.

Anticipate and Prepare for Future AI Trends in Higher Education

Attendees will gain insights into emerging AI trends and technologies, preparing them to anticipate future developments and their potential impact on higher education.

Engage in Collaborative Learning and Innovation Using AI

Participants will learn to collaborate using AI tools, fostering innovation in curriculum development, research, student support, and operational efficiency.

Critically Assess AI Tools and Technologies

By the end of the course, participants will be able to critically assess AI tools and technologies, considering their reliability, accuracy, and ethical implications, and make informed decisions about their adoption and use.

Workshop Outlines and Recordings