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MTEI sponsors several workshops each academic year, including lunch seminars and the new faculty workshop. We also organize the annual Engineering Teaching Day each fall.

Engineering Teaching Day

Engineering Teaching Day (ETD) is an annual workshop sponsored by MTEI that celebrates the teaching mission of Cornell Engineering, connects faculty with their colleagues to share successes and challenges, and provides professional development opportunities for learning more about the art and science of teaching.

Past and current ETD programs:

New Faculty Teaching Workshops

Before each semester begins, MTEI runs a two-day workshop on teaching at Cornell. All new Engineering and Bowers CIS faculty are highly encouraged to attend one. It will get you off to a good start with course planning and delivery, and it will orient you to the local teaching culture and resources at Cornell. You’ll also get to meet your new-faculty cohort, starting across the Engineering and Bowers CIS colleges. For information about the next upcoming workshop, contact us or your department chair.

Lunch Seminars

05/11/23: ChatGPT and Its Impact On Your Teaching

Abstract: This interactive seminar is an opportunity to get first-hand experience with ChatGPT, and to discuss specific challenges you are —or soon might be— facing from ChatGPT and other generative AI technologies in the courses you teach. In the first half of the seminar, we will demo ChatGPT. Participants will have the opportunity to pose their own challenge prompts to it and get responses. In the second half, we will invite small group discussions on how these new technologies could affect your teaching. Feedback from seminar participants will be relayed to a university-level committee studying these issues.

Facilitator: Michael Clarkson (Associate Director, MTEI; Senior Lecturer, CS)

When and where: May 11, noon – 1 pm, Phillips 203.

03/07/23: ChatGPT: How does it work, and what does that mean?

Abstract: ChatGPT is a radical new tool that provides fluent text responses utilizing a large amount of world knowledge. Many aspects of the system are well-known components from deep learning and natural language processing (NLP), albeit scaled up to an enormous degree. Others are still somewhat mysterious and are mainly documented in promotional blog posts. In this talk, I will give a high-level introduction into the technical mechanisms underlying the system, speculate about where it might be going in future years, and answer questions, to the best of my ability, as to what it might mean for teaching.

Speaker: Alexander “Sasha” Rush is an Associate Professor specializing in NLP and deep learning at Cornell Tech. His past research has developed methodology for text generation and efficient language processing. He works on open-source versions of NLP tools (like ChatGPT) with Hugging Face an AI startup.

When and where: March 7, 2023, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm, Upson 216.