Navigating Artificial Intelligence in Teaching & Learning

A.I. Avenue - resources & additional documents

"A.I. Avenue" provides engagement opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to consider the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on their discipline and course activities. With a focus on striking a balance between creativity and integrity, we hope to support and invigorate discussion of A.I. at Normandale

 A.I. Avenue is a collaboration between Normandale's Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), the Writing Center, and the Dean of Students Office (DOS).


Slide deck from Jan. 5th, 2024 Faculty Development Day:

Navigating the AI Landscape - Dev Day session slide deck, 01.05.24.pptx


Want to join the conversation?

  • Normandale employees may join the "Dev Days Continuous Learning" Team for conversation and resource-sharing
  • Once there, look for the "Co-existing with AI" or the "Navigating the AI Landscape" channel as shown in the screenshots below:

2023 Fall - Co-Existing with AI

This is a rapidly-growing, quickly-changing topic; we will continue to add to this webpage as more information becomes available and our experience grows, particularly as more faculty develop knowledge of these tools. We welcome your input, suggestions, and questions at

This page was last updated on 1/12/2024

Overview: We are in a new generation of AI tools

For example:

  • Large Language Models use algorithms to predict text and generate human-like output. Learn more about LLM's in this video (5:33) AND Risks of Large Language Models (8:25)
  • ChatGPT is an AI writer that can churn out paragraphs or longer writing projects in seconds - cohesive text that often pass for human writing. 
  • Grammarly has added "Generative AI" into its free version that assists students with word choice, idea generation, and text generation.
  • Tome is a slide deck creator that can create slides with images and text from a single prompt.
  • Link to more: Future Tools - Find The Exact AI Tool For Your Needs
  • "AI Prompt Engineering" is not just for programmers anymore -  View this website for more info & examples.
  • Read on for more info and support as we continue to examine the implications of AI in teaching & learning.

Microsoft Copilot


How are common AI writing tools used?

  • While extensive research about how students might be using AI has not been done specifically at Normandale, we do know some examples of ways that students engage with Artificial Intelligence, either on their own, or with instructor guidance.
  • As AI rapidly continues to evolve, it will be embedded in every online space where students find themselves.

Some common examples of readily-available AI tools, in addition to ChatGPT:

  1. Grammarly - a free writing-assist tool that provides students with content suggestions, rephrasing suggestions, and spelling and grammar corrections.
    Grammarly screenshot example of writing prompts suggested for an essay comparing Queen to Led Zepplin, including an Acknowledge of Grammarly gen AI use statement
  2. Microsoft Copilot - a free GPT-4 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) infused search engine
    Copilot with tiles Write, Create, Summarize, Analyze, Laugh, Templatize; Choose a conversation style (Creative, Balanced, Precise) and Prompt field titled "Ask me anything"
    1. Copilot may be available in a student's Minn State Microsoft 365 account within Word and Powerpoint
    2. Works mainly in Windows 11 - experimentation is still being done and more examples will be added here when available.

Resources for learning more

Recommended podcast series - Freakonomics Radio

The popular Freakonomics podcast has an interesting series on artificial intelligence

  • Includes a detailed description of language models and how they’re trained 

  • Includes how various AI companies are dealing with bias, and imposing self-regulation known as “constitutional AI” 

  • Includes discussion & examples of using AI for “constrained ideation,” leading to clarity of thinking 

Updated resources - as of 1.12.24

Free Learning Resources 

Business Users (beginner) 

FAQ's about AI Detection tools - what do you need to know?

1. Can I trust Turnitin's "AI score," or other tools that claim "AI detection?"


AI tools that claim they can detect text that is "written by AI" are not reliable. Many tests have been done with a variety of AI tools, with various combinations of human-written and AI generated text, and the results are vastly inconsistent. This means that looking at a student submission's "AI" score, and assuming that it is even somewhat accurate, is not a responsible way to assess student work.


2. What should I do if I encounter student work that appears to have used AI inappropriately?

  • It is highly recommended that you start a conversation with the student regarding their work, without direct accusations.
  • Refer to your syllabus policies around the use of AI tools.
  • Consult the Dean of Students office if you would like assistance with a student integrity issue.


Sample work generated by AI

  • Refer to the two documents in the "Attachments" section of this page for samples of "Prompts" for AI generated work.

Teaching with AI Apps in mind

Keep in mind that not saying anything at all about A.I. use in your class may be seen as an "invitation" for students to use it. It's easy to think, "If I mention it, they'll find out about it." It's everywhere already and will continue to be embedded into everyday workspaces.

Below are some guidelines for your consideration. 

Sample Syllabus Language & Talking Points:  

  • Refer to the documents in the "Attachments" section of this page. 
  • Refer to this article from George Washington University

Citation and AI Use Guides: 

(For student use with instructor permission only)

*Note: These guides were updated Sept 5, 2023.

Revising Assignments / Evaluating current assignments

Classroom tips:  

  • Engage students in the conversation – ie - moral implications, learning implications, and rules for your class.  

  • Present a clear “student academic integrity guide” to explain your rules and guidelines for A.I. - ie – is it ok, and if it is ok, how to “declare” its use.  

  • Start with a baseline writing assignment to familiarize yourself with each student’s writing ability & style.  

  • Incorporate “digital scrapbooking” or other assignment scaffolding strategies as formative assessments in order to measure each student’s progress in their writing.  

  • Consider the use of A.I. as “starter text” - demonstrate for students how this strategy can help generate ideas and writing skills.  

  • Ask students to present their own use of A.I. and then perform critical analysis.  

Academic Integrity - Expanded Language for the Student Code of Conduct

  • Refer to the documents in the "Attachments" section of this page. 

Additional tips: 

Deep Dive Resources

Test out a few AI tools:


  1. “ChatGPT, Explained: What to Know About OpenAI's Chatbot.” YouTube, Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ, 7 Dec. 2022, Accessed 14 Dec. 2022.
  2. “OpenAI CEO Sam Altman | AI for the Next Era.” YouTube, Greylock’s Intelligent Future, 21 Sept. 2022, Accessed 14 Dec. 2022.
  3. Demo of "Runway" video creation tool:


  1. Bliszczyk, Aleksandra. “Ai Writing Tools like CHATGPT Are the Future of Learning & No, It's Not Cheating.” VICE, 18 Jan. 2023,
  2. What Can Higher Ed Faculty Do About Student Misuse of chatGPT and Generative AI? (
  3. Lametti, Daniel. “A.I. Could Be Great for College Essays.” Slate Magazine, Slate, 7 Dec. 2022,
  4. McMurtrie, Beth. “Teaching Experts Are Worried about Chatgpt, but Not for the Reasons You Think.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 Dec. 2022,
  5. McMurtrie, Beth. “Will CHATGPT Change the Way You Teach?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 Jan. 2023,
  6. Mcquillan, Dan. “” We Come to Bury ChatGPT, Not to Praise It., 6 Feb. 2023,

Generative AI Series* - Minnesota State Network for Educational Development (NED)

*These resources are available to Minnesota State College & University employees only.

Link to NED Teams page - includes a "Generative AI" channel with links to recordings & extra resources

Link to webinar recordings:

  1. ChatGPT and Syllabus Considerations - 3/23/23
  2. Generative AI and Online Discussions - 6/21/23
  3. Generative AI and Essay Assignments - 7/18/23
  4. Generative AI and Lab Reports - 8/8/23


Using Artificial Intelligence in Education: A Student Voice

Video Playlist

ChatGPT and the college curriculum

Future Trends forum with Bryan Alexander

How to create an AI policy

Webinar recording

AI in Education: Unleashing Creativity and Collaboration

Video Playlist


Going Forward: #lifegoals

As AI in general becomes more ubiquitous with professional, educational, and personal spaces, it's important to prepare students for the future.

Academic Departments need to ask...

  • How does AI impact our discipline outside of educational arenas?​
  • How might we re-examine the canon of our discipline vs. building new knowledge?​

Institutions need to ask...

Website: Bibliography of Additional Resources

Website: International Center for Academic Integrity

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