Teaching with A.I.

Since February 2023, the Provost Office has been equipping APU faculty to engage effectively and critically with the emergence of artificial intelligence (A.I.) tools and their potential impact on teaching and learning. Below are resources that have been developed to support faculty as they engage with their colleagues and students around these critical issues. If you have any questions or need additional consultation, please contact Mike Truong, Director of Faculty Development at mtruong@apu.edu.

General Resources

APU Resources

General Resources

AI-Writing Detection Tool in Canvas

Did you know that Canvas has an AI-writing detection tool built-in? However, SimCheck (plagiarism detection tool) must be enabled during the assignment setup process. The AI report can be accessed from within the SpeedGrader. 

Outside of Canvas, there are stand-alone AI-writing detectors you can use. Please note that these free tools are often limited in how many words they can check. If you have a lot of text to check, you'll need to do it in small batches.

Caution: At the moment, AI-writing detection tools are not entirely reliable. There are many "false positives." If a piece of writing is flagged as "AI-written," further investigation is warranted. 

"AI in Academia" FLC - Spring 2024

Dr. Mike Truong, Director of Faculty Development, and Tim Schreffler, Academic Support Center Coordinator, will facilitate a semester-long FLC on leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) tools for academic productivity gains. In particular, the FLC will explore AI tools and techniques for improving teaching, research, and administrative tasks. All faculty, including full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty, are encouraged to apply. 

To apply for the Spring 2024 cohort, please submit an application by December 8, 2023. Accepted applicants will be notified by December 15, 2023. To optimize the learning experience, our cohort will be limited to 20 participants. 

The FLC will meet every other Thursday, starting January 18th, via Zoom for five meetings. Participants will need to commit to attending at least four sessions in order to be accepted into the FLC.

Webinar: Are Your Assignments AI-Proof?

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) text-generation tools presents new challenges for educators. How can faculty ensure assignments reflect students’ true learning rather than AI's capabilities? In this interactive workshop, Drs. Karen Lang and Mike Truong will offer guidance and strategies on how to revamp your assignments to encourage deeper learning in the age of AI.

Date: August 17, 2023, 11-12pm PT



Faculty Conversations on AI

During spring 2023, the Office of the Provost hosted a series of informal conversations with faculty and academic staff about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (A.I.), such as ChatGPT, on teaching, learning, and scholarship. Over 100 individuals participated in these conversations.

Conversation #1: An Overview of Generative A.I. Part 1

Date: February 16, 2023, 11-12pm PT

Overview: This introduction session focused on what generative artificial intelligence is, how it works, and why it's getting so much attention in education.

Facilitator: Mike Truong, Director of Faculty Development, Provost Office

Resource: Presentation Slides

Conversation #2: An Overview of Generative A.I. Part 2

Date: February 22, 2023, 11-12pm PT

Abstract: This session was part 2 of the overview of generative AI, focused on some of the challenges and opportunities of this tool with special attention to how Christian educators should approach this technology.

Facilitator: Mike Truong, Director of Faculty Development, Provost Office

Resource: Presentation Slides

Conversation #3: ChatGPT and Writing

Date: February 28, 2023, 1-2:30pm PT

Abstract: This session focused on the ins and outs of AI-created text, suggested some positive practices and guardrails for its uses, and examined the pitfalls together.



Conversation #4: Humanizing Our Classrooms

Date: March 13, 2023, 1-2:30pm PT

Abstract: This session focused on the ethical handling of AI writing and motivating student-writers in an AI age.



Conversation #5: Rethinking Student Learning Outcomes