Ever feel like there’s so much new “stuff” to explore, but can’t ever get around to it? That’s how our UHOIC team feels about educational technology sometimes, and we finally decided to do something about it! With the constant evolution and onset of new/trending tools, we wanted to not only carve out dedicated time for ourselves to explore them, but thought it would be a great idea to extend this opportunity to UH faculty/staff to explore alongside us!
The Innovation Playground is a playground where we all can experiment, tinker, and explore with the latest educational technology tools without any pressure. The theme for this Fall 2023 semester’s Innovation Playground series is Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based tools, which comes at a good time with the growing conversations on how they fit into teaching and learning.
We had a blast exploring ChatGPT and other text-to-text AI-based tools together on Sep. 1, 2023 during the launch of this new opportunity, and we want to extend a big mahalo to those who dived right in to ask questions and shared interesting nuggets discovered during the hands-on exploration! The ChatGPT breakout room was popular among individuals with varying levels of experience; some explored repeated prompt iterations to see how they could enhance ChatGPT’s outputs. The other breakout rooms exploring Bing, Claude, and Bard were very dynamic in range, with some rooms deep in concentration with “quiet time” to independently explore, and others that discussed collaboratively as they explored. Overall, participants appreciated the hands-on exploration format and exposure to generative AI tools, and the opportunity to see other colleagues’ approaches/examples. Check out the Innovation Playground Collaborative Notes (Google Slides) if you would like to view what was shared during the session. Please note that a Google@UH account is needed to view the collaborative
If you’d like to join us for the remaining AI-focused sessions this semester, visit the Innovation Playground webpage for more information. Future explorations after Fall 2023 will extend beyond AI to other educational technology trends and innovations.