Ed Talks @CEILS: Learning Community Meetings

February 1, 8, and 15th from 3 – 3:50pm in Terasaki Life Sciences 1100


Join us as we explore the latest high quality STEM Education Research studies and how to implement effective and inclusive teaching. We welcome guest speakers from UCLA and other academic institutions to share their research and lead small group discussions with our teaching and learning community. Faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and anyone interested in STEM education research are welcome to participate.

Flyer for the Winter Quarter Ed Talks

Winter 2023 Speakers

Sonya Brooks

Ph.D. student in the Urban Schooling division at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

February 1 | We Are Our Mothers’ Garden

A look at how participatory action can create affirmative education systems to advocate for students who are considered different, but who are not deficient. This work exemplifies a “pathway to healing” that is based on the injustices of food apartheid and its outcomes.


Jess Gregg

Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS)
Senior Associate Director for Educational Development


February 8 | What’s All the Buzz About ChatGPT and AI in Higher Ed? 

Please note: We highly encourage you to RSVP for this talk. To accommodate those who are not able to join in-person, we can provide a zoom link upon request via the RSVP form.

Are your students using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to complete their homework? In this interactive talk we will take a look at ChatGPT – its functionality, potential uses, and examples of things it does well and some it is still learning to do. 

We will then explore several potential impacts that ChatGPT and similar AI technology may have on higher education and in our classrooms here at UCLA:

  • Should use of this technology be considered “cheating” and under what conditions? What guidelines might instructors communicate about use of this tool for coursework? Is a “ban” (as some schools are attempting to do) the right way to go – or even possible to enforce?
  • If AI is going to be an important tool in the future careers of our students, how can we embrace the use of these tools now? Might these tools be used to enhance student learning, rather than compromise it?
  • What are some examples of how instructors are using these tools currently and/or augmenting course activities to account for them?
  • What broader research questions do we have moving forward and how might you pilot some education research on this tool in your own classroom? 

Additional resources will be shared during the talk, and here are two recommended resources to check out in advance:

Schools Must Embrace the Looming Disruption of ChatGPT”

Practical Responses to ChatGPT – Montclair State University

Using Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom

Kristopher Barr

Libby-Teacher Scholar
UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

February 15 | The transition from online to in-person teaching: How I adapted my strategies to what students needed