Midjourney's rendering of "Illustration of Wake Forest Campus covered in computer code." It's an image of a campus with Georgian architecture covered in pixelated dots and dashes.
Midjourney’s rendering of “an illustration of the Wake Forest University campus covered in computer code.”

For teaching centers, the weeks before the start of the fall semester are the most wonderful time of the year. We welcome new faculty into our community of teacher-scholars, and faculty of all ranks begin to reach out as they design their syllabi and reflect on changes they would like to make. This year, almost everyone is considering how they want to approach artificial intelligence in their classrooms. Although ChatGPT was released in November, it took some time for the news to spread, and many of us took a wait-and-see approach in the spring. We’re now hoping to develop a more intentional approach. Yet, as is often the case in the life of a teacher, there is too much to read and not enough time.

This post is the first of a four-part series that aims to ease that burden by summarizing and curating the relevant literature. Given the need for just-in-time guidance, I’ve structured each post as a series of FAQs with the most time-sensitive questions at the top. Today’s post will address AI policy, syllabus statements, and strategies for preserving academic integrity. In later posts, I’ll share strategies for using AI to support student learning, discuss ways AI might support our work as teachers, and recommend readings, podcasts, and videos for those who want to learn more about the nature of artificial intelligence and its broader implications for society.

Although I am introducing these FAQs in blog posts, they will also live together on our new AI Resources page. We will continue to update those resources throughout the year, so we encourage you to bookmark that page for future reference.

As always, the CAT is available for consultations if you have any questions or would like a conversation partner as you think through your approach!

Just-In-Time Guidance