More than 20 faculty members of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI, JI hereafter) gathered at the Faculty & Staff Club of Long Bin Building on May 29 for a seminar looking into the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in education.  The seminar titled “Teaching Students Generative AI for Writing and Engineering Design,” is the first event of Faculty Development Series in 2024. JI Associate Dean for Academic Affairs David Hung hosted the event co-sponsored by the Human Resources Office and the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) of the joint institute.

David Hung makes an opening speech for the seminar.

CLT Director Ting Sun introduces application of AI in education.

Nathaniel Murray shares insights on AI application in education.

Invited speaker Nathaniel Murray, a senior lecturer from UM College of Engineering,  led a discussion on the application of generative AI in engineering education. He emphasized the importance of integrating AI into the engineering workflow using Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) and Machine-in-the-Loop (MITL) methods. Murray also highlighted the need for educators to train students on ethical frameworks when incorporating AI into their work.

Throughout the seminar, participants delved into the potential of AI across multiple fields, while also acknowledging the ethical considerations, limitations, and the critical thinking required for its application. Ting Sun underscored the importance of AI in enhancing teaching methodologies and the necessity of developing students’ analytical skills and ethical awareness.

Post-event feedback from faculty members was overwhelmingly positive. They appreciated the opportunity for in-depth exchange and learning with peers and experts. The seminar significantly enhanced their understanding of AI’s potential in education, providing valuable guidance for fostering students’ analytical abilities and ethical considerations.

The Faculty Development Series initiated by Associate Dean David Hung and organized by the Human Resources Office was kicked off in September 2023, for the purpose of integrating the institute’s resources to create an open platform for academic exchange, supporting faculty members in their professional growth. The series features regular workshops, academic exchanges, and lectures tailored for the JI faculty community.