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CALS Teaching Resource Center Events

Artificial Intelligence in the 2020s: What Students Need to Know

The 2021 Teaching Enhancement Symposium, focused on Emerging Trends in Education, was cancelled due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Alachua County and Florida. We hope to reschedule this event later in the fall semester or early spring.

In lieu of the traditional symposium, Dr. Melanie Mitchell delivered a virtual keynote presentation, "Artificial Intelligence in the 2020s: What Students Need to Know."

If you missed this presentation, we invite you to view the recording!

Dr. Melanie Mitchell the Davis Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Her current research focuses on conceptual abstraction, analogy-making, and visual recognition in artificial intelligence systems. 

Melanie is the author or editor of six books and numerous scholarly papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and complex systems. Her book Complexity: A Guided Tour (Oxford University Press) won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award and was named by as one of the ten best science books of 2009. Her latest book is Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). 

Melanie originated the Santa Fe Institute's Complexity Explorer platform, which offers online courses and other educational resources related to the field of complex systems. Her online course “Introduction to Complexity” has been taken by over 25,000 students and is one of Course Central’s “top fifty online courses of all time.” 



Watch the 2020 Teaching Enhancement Symposium Presentations

The Annual Teaching Enhancement Symposium was held virtually in TEAMS. All sessions were recorded and you can view the 2020 TES Sessions by logging in using your GatorLink credentials. Only people with Gatorlink credentials will be granted access.

CALS Spring Teaching Retreat Virtual Workshop Series

The annual CALS Spring Teaching Retreat has been divided into four virtual workshops that focus on supporting teaching efforts. Additional details will be updated below as they become available.

  • Cultivating an Inclusive Classroom Culture, led by Dr. Stacy Vincent, 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Recording Available
  • Teaching After COVID, led by a CALS faculty panel, will take place at 3 p.m. Feb. 24.
  • Employability Skills Preparedness: Results from a National Survey, led by CALS Dean Elaine Turner, will be scheduled for mid-late March.
  • AI Across the Curriculum, led by a CALS faculty panel with college updates from CALS Dean Elaine Turner, will be scheduled for early April.

Interested faculty and graduate students should indicate their interest for specific workshops using this form. A calendar event will be provided as dates are secured.

Using Zoom to make learning MAGIC

Watch Alexandra Bitton-Bailey's presentation from the UF Center for Teaching Excellence. 

Documents used during webinar: instructor guide and google folder