August 7, 2023

SEC Sponsors Artificial Intelligence Course for Faculty

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  – The Southeastern Conference is enhancing its SEC Artificial Intelligence Consortium with an online course partnership for faculty members.

Teaching with AI in the SEC, a partnership with Auburn University’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, will provide SEC faculty with resources for integrating artificial intelligence into teaching methods. The program will be uniquely tailored to a cohort of faculty members and professional staff on the 14 SEC campuses.

“Utilizing AI as an educational tool and resource is imperative,” said Dr. LeNá Powe McDonald, associate commissioner for academic relations at the SEC. “Partnering with Auburn University on this course is a transformative step that will help to empower faculty throughout our conference footprint with innovative knowledge to strengthen student engagement and learning.”

“Auburn joins the Southeastern Conference in celebrating a first-of-its-kind partnership sharing our professional development resources to elevate AI readiness for faculty at all member institutions,” said Dr. Vini Nathan, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Auburn.

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of artificial intelligence and its implications for teaching and learning in higher education. The eight-module course will cover topics such as academic integrity, ethics and legal issues, and using AI to enhance student learning.

The course will encourage participants to experiment with AI tools and incorporate them into assignments while facilitating discussions and collaborations that can support work throughout the SEC. Upon completion, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their training.

“Learners in this engaging course will expand their understanding of teaching with AI and experience high-quality course design resulting from collaboration across Auburn’s instruction design and faculty development teams,” said Dr. Asim Ali, executive director at Auburn’s Biggio Center.

The SEC Artificial Intelligence Consortium is designed to grow opportunities in the ever-changing AI and data science fields. Through this collaboration, SEC universities share educational resources, aimed at enhancing educational and workforce development experiences for students, faculty, and staff.

Visit the SEC AI Consortium webpage on the SEC Academic Relations website to view the calendar of upcoming events and learn more about AI efforts throughout the Conference.

Learn more about the course through a YouTube video discussion with McDonald, Ali and Dr. Lindsey Doukopoulos, also of Auburn’s Biggio Center.