AI Institute for Smarter Learning

Charlotte AI Institute for Smarter Learning. Shaping Next-Generation learning experiences with generative AI Tools. May 18, 2023 8 AM - 4 PM at the Dubois Center

Becoming AI-Ready!

A New Era of Technological Advancement in Generative AI at UNC Charlotte

Join us for a one-day institute for UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and administrators!
May 18, 2023 (Thursday) | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Dubois Center

As we enter a new era of technological advancement, generative artificial intelligence (AI) will play an increasingly important role in shaping our professional work, classroom learning experiences, and personal lives. At the AI Institute for Smarter Learning, we recognize the need to build awareness and knowledge to comfortably navigate this rapidly evolving wave of generative AI tools for teaching and learning.

The institute offers the unique opportunity to bring together a community of educators to explore how AI can help us meet our student success goals. Through knowledge sharing, hands-on demonstrations, and bold discussions, we can pave the way forward for AI to transform the way we teach and learn.

We are excited to engage with you and learn together as we explore the exciting possibilities of AI in education. Join us at the Charlotte AI Institute for Smarter Learning! Together, we will become AI-Ready and empower our students for the future.

Why Attend

  • Build awareness and knowledge to comfortably navigate the rapid wave of generative AI tools for teaching and learning
  • Convene as a community of educators to explore how AI can help meet student success goals
  • Hands-on practice with generative AI tools
  • “Listen” to the campus: stories, experiences, challenges, solutions from faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Engage in bold discussions to pave the way forward for the campus

Topics at the Institute

Hear from campus faculty, staff, and administrators on the following topics:​

Generative AI Tool Demonstrations

Teaching and Learning Experiences

Student Support


Ethical and Social

Research Collaboration
and Ideation

Who Should Attend

This AI Institute is for everyone at UNC Charlotte interested in learning more about generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools for higher education. Whether you are a faculty, administrator, staff, or just someone who is curious about the possibilities of AI, this Institute is perfect for you!

Schedule and Venue

The institute will be held IN-PERSON on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at the Dubois Center.

View complete details on the event schedule, session descriptions, and speaker bios.

Time Agenda

7:30-8:00 AM

Registration Desk
Lobby, 1st Floor

8:15-8:30 AM

Welcome and Insitute Overview
Auditorium, 2nd Floor

8:30-8:45 AM Opening Remarks
Dr. Alicia Bertone, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Auditorium, 2nd Floor
8:45-9:15 AM Plenary Presentation 1:
An Introduction to Generative AI

Dr. Cori Faklaris, Scholar in Human-Computer Interaction and Assistant Professor of Software and Information Systems, College of Computing and Informatics
Auditorium, 2nd Floor
9:15-9:45 AM Plenary Presentation 2:
Framing Use of Generative AI for Faculty Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure: An Administrator’s View
Dr. Melinda “Lyndie” Forthofer, Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Health and Human Services
Auditorium, 2nd Floor
9:45-10:00 AM Morning Wrap-Up and Institute Resources
10:00-10:15 AM Break
10:15-11:30 AM ChatGPT Labs (BYOD – Bring Your Own Device)
Beginner Labs
Room 501/502

Beginner Lab 1
Room 501

Beginner Lab 2
Room 502

Applied Labs
Room 504/506
Applied Lab 1
Room 504
Applied Lab 2
Room 506
11:30-12:15 PM Lunch Break
Rooms 501, 502, 506
12:30-1:30 PM Lighting Talks
5th Floor

Session 1
12:30-1:00 PM

Lightning Talk A1:
Room 501

What language does ChatGPT speak?: Intro, Demo, and Convo around Language Learning
Dr. Bobby Hobgood, Director of the Language Resource Center in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies

Lightning Talk B1:
Room 506

Equity In The Preparation Of Students For Software Engineering Coding Interviews: ChatGPT as a Mock Interviewer
Dr. Marlon Mejias, Assistant Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems

Lightning Talk C1:
Room 502

Is this AI also AI? Determining When Artificial Intelligence Violates the Code of Student Academic Integrity
Kaela Lindquist, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Accountability and Conflict Resolution

Session 2
1:00-1:30 PM

Lightning Talk A2:
Room 501

Exploring the Boundaries of ChatGPT with Students: An Active Learning Assignment
Dr. Tiffany Gallicano, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Lightning Talk B2:
Room 506 Creative Collaborations with Generative AI Dr. Heather Freeman, Professor of Digital Media in the Department of Art & Art History
Lightning Talk C2:
Room 502 Personalized Learning with ChatGPT: Using AI to Create Major-Specific Case Studies for Introductory Statistics Jeanne-Marie “Ree” Linker, Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics and Coordinator of Math Placement
1:30-1:45 PM Break
1:45-2:45 PM Interactive Discussion Circles
11th Floor
Room 1101/1102/1104 Theme 1: Instructional Design and Assessments
Room 1101
Theme 2: Research Collaborations
Room 1102
Theme 3: Ethical Considerations and Academic Integrity
Room 1104
2:45-3:00 PM Break
3:00-3:30 PM Plenary Presentation 3: Insights, Inspirations, and Inquiries
Dr. Bobby E. Hobgood, Director of the Language Resource Center in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Audutorium, 2nd Floor
3:30-4:00 PM Closing and Ways Forward
Dr. Kiran Budhrani, Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation in the Center for Teaching and Learning, School of Professional Studies
Audutorium, 2nd Floor
Impressions Booth
Stop by the video impressions booth on your way home!
Atrium, 2nd Floor


The AI Institute for Smarter Learning is a free event. To plan accurately for refreshments, we ask that you RSVP by 5:00 pm on April 12th, 2023.


Update as of 4/12/23: Please be advised that this event is at capacity and registration is closed.

For Questions

Please direct questions to Kiran Budhrani (, Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation in the Center for Teaching and Learning.