2024 Capital PKAL Regional Network Meeting

Empower Students & Preserve Critical Thinking in the World of AI

A Virtual Event Hosted by Ursuline College

March 15, 2024

Virtual Event


Project Kaleidoscope is AAC&U's STEM Center of Higher Education reform initiatives dedicated to empowering all STEM faculty and administrators to graduate more students who are competitively trained in STEM disciplines and liberally educated for an increasingly technologically-based world. The PKAL Regional Networks provide low-cost, effective professional development opportunities for STEM faculty and administrators to foster a caring community, explore and advance modern undergraduate STEM pedagogies, disseminate findings from undergraduate STEM research and practice, and promote STEM faculty career advancement.

Ursuline College will serve as the host institute for the 2024 Capital PKAL Regional Network Meeting,

AGENDA for March 15, 2024

All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

8:30 – 8:40AM

Connect to Zoom

8:40 - 9:00AM

Capital PKAL Opening and Welcome

Lynn Ulatowski, Associate Professor, Department of Biology Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

Kelly Mack, Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope; and Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education, American Association of Colleges & Universities, Washington, DC

Lethia Jackson, Professor, Department of Technology & Security, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

9:00- 10:20AM

Introduction of the Plenary Speaker Kelsey Behringer

Lita Yu, Associate Professor of Biology, STEM Unit Chair, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

9:05 – 9:55AM

Keynote Presentation: "Neural Net-iquette: Crafting AI Policies for Education"

Kelsey Behringer, Chief Executive Officer, Packback Inc., Chicago, IL

9:55 – 10:20AM

Question & Answer Session

10:20 - 10:35AM

Break (15 minutes)

10:35 – 12:40PM

Morning Sessions

(15-minute talks, followed by 15-minute discussion and questions)

10:35 – 11:35AM

Morning Session Track A: How can we use AI for Student Assessments- Can AI do our grading?

Moderator: Angela Sanson, Adjunct Professor of Biology, Ursuline College, Peper Pike, OH

1. Using Generative AI to Build Course-Specific Virtual Teaching Assistants at Your Institution
Perry Samson, Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2. Beyond Research Papers: How to Design Generative AI-Proof and AI-Infused Assessments for Students in the Sciences

Vincent J Granito, Jr Professor, Psychology, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH

3. Empowering Math Teachers with an AI Tool for Auto-Generation of Technology-Enhanced Assessments

Shuchi Grover, Director of AI Education and Research, Edfinity, Austin, TX

11:40 – 12:40PM

Morning Session Track B: AI for Enhancement of Learning

Moderator: Crystal Petrello, Director of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

1. IBM SkillsBuild: Bringing AI into Your Classroom

Katie Grootegoed, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, Senior STEM consultant, Cleveland, OH

2. Leveraging Generative AI to Teach the Design of Data Visualizations
Benjamin Lear, Professor of Chemistry, Penn State, University Park, PA

3. Chat GPT Tutor for First-year Computing Classes

Lily R. Liang, Professor, University of District of Columbia, Washington DC

12:45 – 1:15PM

Break and Grab Lunch

1:15 – 2:00PM

Speed Talks: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of AI

Moderator: G. Scott Willis, Assistant Professor, Program Director of Exercise Science, Ursuline College

1. Who is Designing Our AI Tools? : Robotics & AI Undergraduate Researchers as Agents of Change
Rachel Burcin, Co-director- CMU Robotics Institute Scholars, Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science, Pittsburgh, PA

2. Using AI to Support Lesson Planning for Historical Experiments in General Chemistry
Ted M Clark, Professor of Teaching, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

3. The Interface Between AI and STEM Education
Zipangani Vokhiwa, Professor of Science, Mercer University, Macon, GA

4. A Brief Inquiry About Structural Isomers with ChatGPT – A Cautionary Tale in Blind Trust
Steven Petrovic, Professor of Chemistry, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

5. Tech Ethics Roundtable: Using Co-Curricular Discussions about AI to Increase Digital Literacy
Jasmine Jones, Assistant Professor, Berea College, Berea, KY

6. It's in the Way That You Use It: AI in the Literature Class
Michael Moderelli, Associate Professor, Walsh University, Canton, OH

2:00 – 2:10PM


2:10 – 2:45PM

Afternoon Talk

25-minute talk with Q & A

Introduction of Speaker: Lynn Ulatowski, Associate Professor, Department of Biology Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

The Salad Bowl Theory and AI
Velma Latson, Co-executive director, HBCU Data Science Consortium, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

2:45 – 3:15PM

Networking Sessions with Moderators

3:15 – 3:45PM

Share 3 important points from each breakout group.

3:45 – 4:00PM

Reflections & Closing Remarks

Jenise Snyder, Associate Professor of Biology, ASPS Dean, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

Important Dates to Remember

  • Call for proposals opens.

  • Registration opens.

  • Call for early proposal submission closes.

  • Call for regular proposal submission closes.

  • Notices of acceptance released.

  • Registration closes. Deadline to upload slides/lightning talks.

  • Capital PKAL Regional Network Meeting (virtual) 8:30 am- 4 pm


Click below to register for the meeting. The deadline to register is March 13, 2024.

Meeting Highlights

Keynote Speaker

Kelsey Behringer

Packback, Inc.

Kelsey Behringer has trained over 10,000 educators, at the intersection of A.I. and pedagogy, to implement best practices that advance student voice, agency, and purpose. She is the CEO of the education technology organization Packback, Inc., which is an “AI writing tutor for every student and an AI grading assistant for every teacher.” She has held numerous roles at Packback, Inc. before becoming CEO, including educator trainer, manager, director, VP, and COO. Packback’s A.I. has been used by over 1,500,000 students and 600 colleges and districts to help every student develop their own unique voice through live, instant, real-time feedback as they write. Kelsey approaches her work through the lens of her experiences as a former STEM teacher in Chicago and Indianapolis. She is a Fast Company Executive Board contributor and also hosts monthly webinars for teachers and professors where she gives recommendations about A.I. in the classroom.

Capital PKAL Regional Meeting Hosts

Your hosts for this meeting are Drs. Lynn Ulatowski (Associate Professor, Ursuline College) and Lita Yu (Associate Professor, Biology Department Chair, Ursuline College). For more information about the meeting, please contact them directly.

Dr. Lynn Ulatowski

Ursuline College
[email protected]

Dr. Lita Yu

Ursuline College
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