May 7 | 2024 Teaching & Learning Symposium


DATE/TIME: May 7 | 8:30 AM – 4 PM


We will celebrate the accomplishments of educators, connect with colleagues and communities of practice, and collaborate to advance educational innovation. The symposium program includes a keynote by Dr. Helen Crompton, spotlight sessions, workshop sessions, poster sessions, and a partner fair facilitated by William & Mary faculty and co-educators. 

Registration is now closed. See you at the Symposium!
Questions? Reach us at



Unlocking Potential, Mitigating Risks: Generative AI and the Future of Higher Education

Professor Helen Crompton

Abstract: The emergence of generative AI models such as ChatGPT is reshaping educational environments. This presentation highlights the ways in which ChatGPT and comparable tools can enrich student engagement, deepen comprehension, and tailor learning experiences within university contexts. Furthermore, we will review the limitations and the challenges these technologies can present, including issues of academic integrity and the imperative to nurture critical thinking abilities alongside AI support. By participating in this session, attendees will gain insights into optimizing the utility of these tools while recognizing and proactively managing the limitations and potential abuses in education.

Dr. Helen Crompton

About Helen Crompton

Dr. Helen Crompton is the Executive Director of the Research Institute for Digital Innovation in Learning at ODUGlobal, Professor of Instructional Technology, and Director of the Virtual Reality Lab at Old Dominion University. Dr. Crompton earned her Ph.D. in educational technology and mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Dr. Crompton has achieved a place on Stanford’s esteemed list of the top 2% of scientists worldwide. Her exceptional work in technology integration has garnered her numerous accolades, including the SCHEV award for the Outstanding Professor of Virginia. Dr. Crompton’s expertise extends beyond academia, as she frequently serves as a consultant for various governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, leveraging her knowledge and experience to drive meaningful change in the field of educational technology.

Symposium Sessions

  • 45 minute session (interactive)
  • Presenters facilitate a hands-on experience for attendees to conceptualize and build a new approach for teaching or student engagement.
  • Designed for attendees to create actionable plans or products to use in their teaching.

Workshops 10:00am – 10:45am

  • Unlearning and “ungrading”: Best practices for evaluating graduate student work • Chelsea Smith & Alena Chaplygina
  • Change one thing: Engaging more students while engaging myself • Paul Heideman
  • Creative activities in the classroom: New ways to approach tired topics • Liz Bellamy & Jessica Ramey
  • Generative AI familiarity, usage, & beliefs student survey: Preliminary findings • Lori Jacobson, Lindy Johnson, Peter Vishton, Kristin Conradi Smith, & Elizabeth Losh

Workshops 11:00am – 11:45am

  • From Zombie Apocalypse to a great class podcast: Telling stories that matter • Troy Davis, Roy Petersen, & Rebekah Sterling
  • Possibility and peril: A Guide to generative AI for W&M faculty •Mark Deming, Iria Giuffrida, Lori Jacobson, & Laura Killinger
  • Virtual reality in the classroom: Exploring the world without leaving campus •Mike Blum & Bella Ginzbursky-Blum

Workshops 1:00pm – 1:45pm

  • Lessons from cheating: Why students cheat and what we can do to promote academic integrity • Katalin Wargo
  • Why teach active listening • Meghan Miller
  • Engaging your whole class on Zoom and getting responses instantaneously with free tools • Minnie Tsai
  • 30 minute session (presentation)
  • Presenters share a teaching and learning practice and facilitate discussion on their experience.
  • Designed to provide both depth of information and examples attendees can discuss.

Spotlights 2:00pm – 2:30pm

  • Introduction to free musical composition AI • Matt Allar
  • Three paths to better student presentations • Michele King, Len Neighbors, & Terrell Taylor
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of LLMs in introductory computer science education: A semester-long field study • Wenhan Lyu, Yimeng (Yvonne) Wang, & Yixuan (Janice) Zhang

Spotlights 2:45pm – 3:15pm

  • Innovation around AI in the classroom: First steps for faculty • Len Neighbors, Enrique Valdes, & Kevin Weng
  • Facilitating effective peer-editing in the classroom • Erin Hendrickson
  • Developing diverse competencies: Student engagement in a community-produced documentary film • Amy Quark & undergraduate research team

Spotlights 3:30pm – 4:00pm

  • Infusing career readiness into your courses: Can your students speak to the skills they’ve gained? • Kelly O’Shaughnessy & Diana Theisinger
  • Immersive and experiential learning: Media creation & virtual reality for interdisciplinary courses • Lidia Ponce de la Vega
  • Virtual Akropolis: Immersing students in the past through virtual reality • Jess Paga
  • Presenters host a printed poster to share highlights from a teaching and learning experience, emerging idea, or research project.

Posters 11:45am – 1:00pm

  • The Serious Business of Making a Comic Book   R Benedito
  • Interdisciplinary Learning in Action: A Case Study of the ENSP 250 Lecture Series in and Beyond the Classroom   Na Yu & Lidia Ponce  
  • Exploring the Path: Belonging and Its Impact on Higher Education Pursuits Among High School English Language Learners  Jaimie Haugen & Pamela Harris
  • Teachers’ Toolkit for Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness  Martha Crockett
  • Team Science for Undergrads: Problem-solving across disciplines  Hilary Parmentier, Lisa Eddy, Erica Garroutte
  • Scaling Applied Learning experiences for students through campus partnerships  Kathleen Powell, Elizabeth Harbron, Ted Maris-Wolf, Philip Heavilin II, Lisa Randolph
  • Using PhotoVoice as a Research and Teaching Tool  Minnie Tsai and Amber Pope
  • William & Mary Global Innovation Challenge: An Experiential Learning Model  Reese O Brien & team

Join us for a partner fair featuring units from across William & Mary’s campus.

Partner Unit

Table Lead

W&M Libraries

Mary Oberlies

Information Technology

Kristy Walker

The Reves Center for International Studies

Kate Hoving

The Center for the Liberal Arts

Josh Erlich

The Writing and Communication Center

Lori Jacobson

The Center for Geospatial Analysis

Shannon White

Career Development & Professional Engagement

Kathleen Powell 

Have additional questions?

Connect with our team

Whether you have a specific or general question, please reach out and one of our team members will be happy to assist you. You can expect a response within 24 – 72 hours. Our normal business hours are from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you!

banner in room