Faculty & Staff Academic Conference

A conference to kick off the new academic year and begin developing professionally.

Faculty & Staff Academic Conference

Friday, August 23, 2024
Virtual and In-person

The conference theme for 2024 is Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education. Our keynote speaker, Lance Eaton, will address the challenges and benefits of AI both for administration and teaching. Eaton will address concerns about AI that become barriers to learning, how to reduce AI defensiveness, and promote a willingness to learn about AI.

Join hundreds of instructors and staff who attend this conference each year to learn from the sessions offered.

This annual conference is FREE and open to ANY faculty, instructor, or staff interested in attending. Individuals from other colleges and universities are encouraged to attend via Zoom.


Keynote Speaker

Out…Standing in My Field: What Should I Make of This Whole AI Thing, Anyway!?!??!

Lance Eaton, ABD
College Unbound

Explore some of the real challenges and concerns about how faculty navigate generative AI before pivoting into a richer discussion about the implications of these tools and their ubiquity. What are the concerns, the unknowns, and the possibilities of generative AI in the college classroom in the 21st century? The session will be a mixture of interaction between the speaker and participants drawing out what is and isn’t working while also allowing the speaker to draw upon a variety of examples, contents, and considerations that can help guide faculty to more effectively engage with generative AI. The goal will be to help participants better understand why an engaged approach (rather than dismissing or banning generative AI) will help them and their students to more effectively understand and determine the right lines to draw as it relates to generative AI’s uses in teaching, learning, and assessment.

You will:

  • Clarify the possibilities and benefits of using generative AI in teaching and learning.
  • Identify concerns about using generative AI and how to address them.
  • Discuss with students the concerns about using generative AI tools.
  • Apply effective prompts to get more robust outcomes.

Lance Eaton is the director of Faculty Development & Innovation at College Unbound, a part-time instructor at North Shore Community College, and a doctorate student at the University of Massachusetts, Boston with a dissertation that focuses on how scholars engage in academic piracy. His work engages with the possibility of digital tools for expanding teaching and learning communities while considering the various deep issues and questions that educational technologies open up for students, faculty, and higher ed as a whole. He has given talks, written about, and presented at conferences on artificial intelligence generative tools in education, academic piracy, open access, OER, open pedagogy, hybrid flexible learning, and digital service-learning.


Friday, August 23, 2024

8:30 a.m. - Check-in  |  Light Breakfast

8:45 - 9 a.m. - Welcome Message

9 a.m. -  Opening Keynote  |  Lance Eaton

10:30 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions I

11:30 a.m. -  Concurrent Sessions II

12:15 p.m. - Lunch

12:30 p.m. - Lunch & Learn Session  |  Lance Eaton

1:15 p.m. -  Concurrent Sessions III

2:15 p.m. - Concurrent Session IV  | Affinity Groups

3 p.m. - Conference Ends



August 11, 2024 - Registration Deadline for Lunch
August 21, 2024 - Registration Deadline NO Lunch/Virtual Attendance

This event is FREE and open to all faculty, instructors, and staff. Individuals may opt for a combination of virtual and in-person attendance for the various sessions. Only registered participants will receive Zoom links for the sessions.

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* If you register and you find that you are no longer able to attend call 701-231-7015 or email ndsu.otl@ndsu.edu to let us know.

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