This Week for Faculty: Using AI Writing Tools in Your Scientific Writing Process

by | Apr 18, 2023

AI writing tools such as ChatGPT are here to stay. These powerful tools can generate sophisticated text from scratch or revise human writing. In this seminar and workshop with Tim Requarth, we’ll explore using AI writing tools in the scientific writing process.

This event is co-sponsored by the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Teachers College, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the departments of Biological Sciences and Statistics. Participants may attend online or in-person. See event agenda below:

  • 12:00–1:00pm Seminar: Using AI Writing Tools in Your Scientific Writing Process. In this seminar, participants will explore the power and potential pitfalls of AI writing tools like ChatGPT, discuss how they can streamline your scientific writing process, and address ethical and responsible use of AI assistance.
  • 1:00–1:30pm: Refreshments
  • 1:30–2:30pm: (Optional) Workshop: Hands-On AI Writing Practice. In this interactive session, participants will identify a problem in a current writing project and come up with a strategy to tackle it using an AI-assisted writing tool.

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Location: Schapiro CEPSR, Davis Auditorium

Tim Requarth is Lecturer in Science & Writing at NYU Grossman School of Medicine where he teaches scientific writing courses, workshops, and seminars at the Vilcek Institute for Biomedical Sciences. He is also an award-winning freelance science journalist and contributing writer at Slate, with other work appearing in The New York TimesThe Atlantic, and more. Dr. Requarth holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Columbia University.

Campus Conversations: Teaching with AI Tools

The national and international discussions about generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, like ChatGPT, have been developing at a rapid pace in recent months. While many conversations about these tools raise concerns about assignment design and academic integrity, there is also a strong consensus that AI presents higher education with an exciting opportunity to explore creative ways to leverage it as a tool in teaching and learning!

To help facilitate productive, generative conversations about the potential for AI tools in teaching and learning, the Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting a series of campus conversations to engage the Columbia teaching community in discussion around AI Tools in higher education.

Each conversation this semester will revolve around a different theme, including: the potential for AI tools to enhance student learning, the function of writing in a world with ChatGPT, considerations for assessment of learning and assignment design when incorporating AI tools, and the importance of human engagement in teaching and learning.

Please join us for any or all of these online discussions as your schedule allows!

Enhancing student learning with AI and ChatGPT
Date: Wednesday, April 19
Time: 2:00–3:00pm

Assessment and assignment design with AI Tools
Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 10:00– 11:00am

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