Loyola University Chicago

Focus on Teaching and Learning


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The conference will take place on Wednesday, August 14, from 8:30am-4pm on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. View the full schedule below or use this link. A description of the conference's theme — Human-Centered Teaching in an Age of Innovation: Artificial Intelligence in Transformative Learning Environments — can also be found below.




Breakfast (Damen Den)


Opening Session (Damen Den)


Concurrent Session Block 1

Session 1 (Cuneo Hall 311):

Roundtable: Writing Intensive Instruction in the Age of Generative AI (Jessica Brown – School of Communication, Julie Chamberlin – Department of English, Julie Fiorelli – Department of English, Teresa Irene Gonzales – Department of Sociology, Elizabeth Webster – Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Elissa Weeks Stogner – Department of English)


Session 2 (Cuneo Hall 312):

Workshop: Incorporating Vocational Discernment into the Classroom in a Variety of Disciplines (Susan Haarman – Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship, Susan McCarthy – Arrupe College, Stacy Neier Beran – Quinlan School of Business, and Yoo Na Youm – Quinlan School of Business)


Lunch & Resource Fair (Damen Den) 


Concurrent Session Block 2

Session 1 (Cuneo Hall 311):

Workshop: Challenges and Successes of Interdisciplinary Teaching (René Luís Alvarez – Arrupe College, Michael Burns – Department of Biology, Mark Mackey – School of Environmental Sustainability, Susan McCarthy – Arrupe College, Paula Tallman – Department of Anthropology, Joseph Vukov – Department of Philosophy) 


Session 2 (Cuneo Hall 312):

— Lightning Talk: Using AI as a Tool to Assist Students in an Experiential Learning Course (Ning Yang – Quinlan School of Business)

— Lightning Talk: Using Student-Created Videos to Supplement Writing Assignments (William Bergman – Quinlan School of Business)

— Lightning Talk: Using AI to Support the Design of Assignments that Prompt Students’ Critical Engagement with Course Content (Leah Romaine – School of Education)


Concurrent Session Block 3

Session 1 (Cuneo Hall 311):

Workshop: Integrating Artificial Intelligence into a Capstone Course (Steven Keith Platt – Quinlan School of Business) 


Session 2 (Cuneo Hall 312):

Roundtable: Critically Hopeful Practices Rooted in Ignatian Pedagogy (Susan Haarman – Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship)


Closing Reflection (Cuneo Hall 003) 


August 2024 and January 2025 Conferences

Human-Centered Teaching in an Age of Innovation: Artificial Intelligence in Transformative Learning Environments


Technology is rapidly evolving before our eyes. When advances in technology tools (like generative artificial intelligence) can outpace educators’ ability to keep up with them, how do we respond? As educators, how does teaching at a Jesuit institution (that values the humanizing and justice-oriented anti-oppressive, Ignatian, and student-centered pedagogical approaches) shape our response to and engagement with artificial intelligence?  

At a time when artificial intelligence and other post-humanist technologies pose challenges and opportunities to educators, including dilemmas related to ethics and privacy, staying aligned with our Jesuit values becomes even more important. The 2024-25 year-long Focus on Teaching and Learning Conference activities will explore questions related to centering our humanity as learners and teachers as machines enhance their capacities. Proposals should address at least one of the following: 

  • How do we make teaching personal, using our values to inform our teaching and to shape students’ learning experiences?
  • In what ways can we use artificial intelligence tools to help with research and teaching?
  • What innovations have we pursued that help center our and our students’ humanity in educational activities?
  • How do we navigate challenges of privacy, access, and integrity that have come to the fore with the emergence of generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT?
  • What successes have we had incorporating tools like ChatGPT into students’ learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom?