ChatGPT: Threat or Menace? – Webinar – March 6, 2023

A ContactNorth Webinar

Date: Monday, March 6, 2023

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Since its launch in November 2022, ChatGPT is causing a stir in schools, colleges, and universities. Some banned it, seeing it as a threat to academic integrity and an “engine” for academic misconduct. Others embraced it as a project and research partner, writing assistant and fast source for materials, such as references, critical ideas related to a specific topic or a code generator for software.

Colleagues around the world are asking:

•    What is the opportunity for ChatGPT and other similar developments in artificial intelligence and deep learning?
•    What are the threats and challenges to the nature of teaching, learning and assessment and academic work?
•    What does ChatGPT do well and what does it not do well, and how can we ensure users critically assess the materials, code and other “products” from ChatGPT?

These topics inform this webinar, offered by Dr. Steven Mintz, a history professor who integrated ChatGPT into his teaching at the University of Texas.

Key Takeaways

As a result of attending this interactive and engaging webinar, participants gain:

•    A deeper understanding of the strengths and limitations of ChatGPT.
•    Insights into ways it can be used in teaching, learning and assessment from concrete examples shared during the webinar.
•    Ideas about using ChatGPT as a creative tool for project-based, peer, and work-based learning.
•    Insights into what ChatGPT can do for student support and services, such as career advising or support with study skills challenges.
•    Some ideas for what’s next? for generative artificial intelligence for teaching and learning.

Tags: ChatGPT


Dr. Steven Mintz
Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Steven Mintz, Professor of History at the University of Texas, Austin, is a leading educational innovator, award-winning teacher and author, and an authority on families, children, youth and the life course. He has also published extensively on slavery, social reform, ethnicity, and film.

For five years, Steve served as the founding director of the University of Texas Systems Institute for Transformational Learning, responsible for designing and testing new educational models and technologies that can make quality education more accessible, affordable and successful. Steve also served as senior advisor to the president of Hunter College for student success and director of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center.

Last Modified: February 27, 2023