Embracing ChatGPT: ChatGPT Strategies to Support Student Learning

In this webinar, we will discuss the implications of ChatGPT for our teaching. Like many other technological advances – slide rule, calculator, internet – we may initially see only the negative consequences for our classrooms. However, during this session, we will advocate for embracing ChatGPT as a tool to make our teaching better and improve student learning. In the face of this new technology, we must rethink the way we assess student learning and instill an appreciation for academic integrity and a value for being able to clearly express our ideas. This will be an interactive session where we will address participant concerns and share effective practices.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to recognize the educational implications of past disruptive technologies, develop academic honesty content to share with students at the beginning of a course, and identify ChatGPT learning activities to potentially use in their courses.


Michelle Withers, Associate Professor of Biology and STEM Educator

Binghamton University, SUNY

Michelle Withers, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biology and the STEM Educator for the Center for Learning and Teaching at the Binghamton University, SUNY. Michelle is a discipline-based education researcher whose work has two main foci: a) studying the impact of high impact teaching practices and whole-person development approaches on student outcomes; and b) developing and evaluating the impact of professional learning programs on fostering broad adoption of evidence-based practices by college faculty, especially in STEM disciplines. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Scientific/Scholarly Teaching; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education and How to Live a Meaningful Life. Withers received her BS in Public Health/Nutrition from the University of North Carolina in 1989 and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Arizona in 1995. As a post-doctoral fellow at Brandeis University, Withers performed research on the biological basis of behavior in a relatively simple neural network in crustaceans. As an instructor at Louisiana State University, she became involved with the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Biology Education (NASI). She then joined the faculty at West Virginia University as a discipline-based education researcher in the biology department. There she developed the first regional offshoot of the NASI and is now leading the Mobile Summer Institutes, a place-based iteration, that travels to institutions to train faculty and address barriers to improving STEM education. She is the Director of the Mobile Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching (MoSIs), leads the NSF-funded network of national STEM education reform initiatives, NSITE, is a AAAS Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) Fellow, is a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), serves on the Executive Committee for the National Institutes on Scientific Teaching (NIST) and serves on the external advisory board for CourseSource. Dr. Withers is a co-author on the AAAS report Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology: A Call to Action (2011) and on Assessment In the College Science Classroom (2014), a book in the Scientific Teaching series.

Cherie Vanputten, Instructional Designer

Binghamton University, SUNY

Cherie is an instructional designer at Binghamton University, where she promotes teaching excellence through various events, course development consultations, course observations, and customized training programs. She is former assistant director of SUNY’s Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success MOOC which has logged close to 34,000 learners. Cherie holds a master’s degree in Adult Education from Penn State University



Yizeng Li, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Binghamton University, SUNY

Yizeng Li received her PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for NanoBioTechnology. Her backgrounds are in theoretical mechanics and applied mathematics with applications to biophysics and mechanobiology. Li develops physiology-based mathematical models for cell motility, polarization, volume regulation, electro-homeostasis, signal transduction, and other biophysics problems. She also combines mathematical models with experimental data to explain non-intuitive cell biology phenomena. Li is an NSF CAREER awardee and has published work in Nature, Nature Communications, Advanced Science, Science Advances, PNAS, etc.

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Starts: August 9, 2023 12:00 pm ET

Ends: August 9, 2023 1:30 pm ET

Cost: $0 for members; $15 for non-members


Hosted by the ASCB Education Committee (EdComm)