FLO MicroCourse: Musing Around with Artificial Intelligence and Pedagogy

Musing Around with Artificial Intelligence and Pedagogy is an introductory course for inquisitive pedagogists who might be a little scared to dig into artificial intelligence (AI).

In this Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourse, you will explore how using AI can enhance your teaching and your students’ learning. It’s a practical, action-focused invitation into the maze of AI options, with a guided exploration of AI tools. You’ll not only embark on what will likely be a game-changing adventure of personal learning but also gain a community of curious traveling companions. For a good time, come and muse with us!

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast AI tools.
  • Play with various AI tools.
  • Use AI tools to create activities, media assets, and classroom resources and to make research and development of these assets more efficient.

Course Level

This is an introductory course for the exploration and application of using AI in teaching and learning.

FLO MicroCourses are short, single-topic, hands-on, and free. In one week, you will dip into the FLO experience, leaving with something practical and useful for your teaching practice.

While most of the learning will happen asynchronously, we have two synchronous sessions planned for this course:

  • Wednesday, September 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Monday September 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PDT

The rationale for the Wednesday to Monday schedule is to accommodate the option to finish the assignment on the weekend if desired.

Note: This course is now full! You may still register to join our waitlist. Please consider registering for this other FLO MicroCourse, also related to AI:  FLO MicroCourse: Future Facing Assessments: How to Use AI in the Design of Alternative Assessments (October 2 to 6, 2023).

Meet Your FLO Facilitators

Carlos Saladen Vargas (he/him) is a hybrid professional with a passion for education, art, and technology. He combines knowledge and experience from different domains to tackle complex challenges in teaching while creating novel solutions for action-oriented courses and workshops. As an advocate of innovation in higher education, Carlos creates engaging and forward-thinking learning experiences centred around arts-based approaches, emerging pedagogies, and technology. He is also interested in the potential of AI to transform and address the challenges of the future.

Paula Weaver (she/her) has a rich academic and action-oriented background guiding successful learning organizations. She is an online teaching and learning pioneer and consultant for higher education, corporations, public and private schools, and non-profits. Her emerging focus is using AI with pedagogy. Paula created and facilitated recognized facilitator-certification programs in the high-tech, international business, and higher-education sectors. During her faculty tenure in the University of Texas system, she collaboratively founded the Uplift North Hills Preparatory School. She is an amateur cellist/singer, Guinness World Record holder for drumming, Yaya, foodie, and lover of her big family. Professionally she brings deep caring, energy, passion, and a high standard of excellence in quality teaching and learning to her work.

Carlos and Paula are grateful to live, work, and be in relationships with people across many traditional unceded territories in many regions in B.C. It is an honour to live on this land and commit to reconciliation, decolonization, and building relationships in its communities and schools.