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Teaching with AI Course

ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence (AI) tools are forcing educators to rethink assignments, activities, courses, and questions. While some find this thrilling, others fear for the future of higher education, their jobs, and their students' learning. Whatever your perspective, we all will benefit from learning more about these technology tools and thinking deeply and collectively about what they might mean for the courses we teach, the students we serve, and the world we help to shape.

As such, we are excited to announce the collaboration between USC’s Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of the Provost and Auburn University’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to offer full-time faculty at the USC Columbia campus, Palmetto College campuses, and Schools of Medicine - the Teaching with AI coursea world-class, fully-online, self-paced course especially designed for higher education faculty. If you are not a full-time faculty member at the campuses previously mentioned, you can individually enroll in the Teaching with AI course for $89 through Auburn University.

As featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, this course is interactive (not just a bunch of videos!) and thought-provoking. This course was also awarded the Outstanding Program: Noncredit Award by the Online and Professional Education Association (UPCEA)which recognizes outstanding professional and continuing education programs that do not offer credit.

Teaching with AI will support you in this work by:

  • introducing you to the terms and tools related to AI and machine learning,
  • providing you opportunities to see them in action and try them yourselves,
  • engaging you in conversations with colleagues at USC about how you plan to address the ethical and technical issues of the "AI disruption" in your courses,
  • showing you how students are using these tools, and
  • exploring ways to partner with your students and your colleagues as we navigate this shifting landscape together towards the shared goal of designing courses that engage our students and support their learning.

How to Access the Course

Full-time faculty at the USC Columbia campus, Palmetto College campuses, and Schools of Medicine are invited to Sign up for the Teaching with AI free course. 

Once you have submitted the registration form, please keep an eye on your email inbox for further instructions from Instructure Canvas (, the learning management system provider. 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to integrate AI into the classroom and to engage in an enriching faculty development experience.  This collaboration is part of our ongoing commitment by USC to advance pedagogical innovation and prepare faculty for the evolving landscape of education.

Thank you for your interest in the Teaching with AI in the SEC course. We look forward to embarking on this educational journey with you!

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to reach out, then please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at

Course Features

  • Fully-online - No need to show up in a specific location to learn
  • Self-paced and self-directed - Learners have access to all content and updates for one year. Engage with whichever content interests you first.
  • Asynchronous - Work at your own time. No need to show up at a specific date and time.
  • Exemplary course design - developed by talented instructional designers and educational developers, the course has clear and measurable learning outcomes, transparent assignment design, and plenty of practice opportunities. We model what we preach!
  • Eight modules. Total time to complete for an engaged learner is between 15 to 20  hours.
  • You can earn the AUAI Explorer Badge by completing eight tasks (one per module).

Course Goals

  • Learn about AI and its implications for teaching and learning in higher education - especially those relating to academic integrity;
  • Consider examples (good and bad) of how to redesign courses for AI at USC;
  • Experiment with AI tools, redesign assignments, and get feedback;
  • Engage in conversations about your thinking on topics related to AI in the college classroom;
  • Access a (growing and evolving) repository of research on teaching with AI;
  • Engage your department colleagues in the conversation by modeling best practices and sharing your learning to ensure students in your program have a consistent, comparable learning experience no matter who is leading the class.

The course contains eight modules that invites participants to explore, play, and articulate experiences with artificial intelligence.  Content includes technical, pedagogical, theoretical, and ethical lenses. Experts and beginners with artificial intelligence alike will find the course relevant and beneficial in elevating the conversation about the use of AI in education.

The entire course is self-paced and fully-online, so any learner can complete it on their own time over the course of an entire year. Each module takes between 60 to 160 minutes to complete, and the entire course can be completed in between 15 to 20 hours.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.