Teaching and Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Like many around campus, we in the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) and the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) have been following the launch of ChatGPT and related artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with both interest and trepidation.

AI creates new academic integrity challenges. Yet the outpouring of creative ideas we have heard from many of you also illustrate opportunities for engaging students in exploring the limits of artificial intelligence and the value of learning objectives and assessments in your courses. And ChatGPT is spurring development of new, albeit largely untested tools for verifying the origins of student work.

CTLE and CLASS Tips and Strategies for Faculty and Instructors: What We Know about ChatGPT and Options for Responding” was developed in response to queries and suggestions sent to us from the university community.

If you have concerns about academic integrity, please contact, the academic integrity office within CLASS. Individual course consultation is also available for faculty and instructors via the CTLE request form.

Options for Responding to High Levels of COVID-Related and Other Absenteeism

Some faculty are experiencing high levels of absenteeism directly or indirectly related to COVID. Flu season may also reduce class attendance, and faculty continue to recount high levels of student mental health concerns that affect coursework and attendance. Options for Responding to High Levels of COVID-Related and Other Absenteeism provides some ideas for responding to five absenteeism scenarios and answers to Frequently Asked Questions that take into account course-specific learning objectives and attendance policies.

As always, if you are facing different challenges or would like additional support, please email to request an individual consultation. We recognize the tremendous, ongoing challenges of teaching in this time and appreciate the comments, questions, and suggestions we have heard from faculty so far this semester. Please continue to let us know how we can support you.

Health and Wellness Resources

Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices

Stress-Aware/Trauma Informed Teaching discussion recording (February 11, 2021)

Faculty and Staff Resources to support student health and wellness from Barnes Center at The Arch

Teaching and Technology Tuesday session (2/9/21): Simone Adams from the Barnes Center discusses student mental health and Barnes Center resources.
View the recording of Simone’s session (51:18, including transcript)

Stanford researchers identify four causes for ‘Zoom fatigue’ and their simple fixes (from Stanford News) – It’s not just Zoom. Popular video chat platforms have design flaws that exhaust the human mind and body. But there are easy ways to mitigate their effects.

Teaching Classes Online

Syllabus Resources


  • Rubrics:
    • One of the best practices for inclusive instruction is to use rubrics. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment maintains a rubric resource website.
    • We can work together with you if you would like to design a rubric, or you can get ideas by looking at examples of rubrics on the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment website.
  • Classroom assessment strategies:
    • Looking for new ways to assess student understanding of content throughout the semester? Try these classroom assessment techniques for quick and easy ways to test knowledge during class!

    Other resources

    • Qualtrics in the classroom:
      • Qualtrics is a survey platform available to students, faculty, and staff at Syracuse University, and can be used in your courses to collect data on students and help you to plan for the semester. Visit the Syracuse University Libraries website to learn more about Qualtrics and to register for free workshops.

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