2023 DaVinci Institute Fall Forum

AI-Volution in Higher Education: Adapting to a Changing Environment

Friday, October 20th, 2023

Hosted by the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO)

MidJourney created image depicting artificial intelligence in the style of DaVinci

Forum Topic Description

Artificial Intelligence and the uses to which it can be applied comprise yet another disrupter in Higher Education, but AI is different in terms of its reach and potential impact on teaching and learning. Adapting to this fast-moving challenge in ways that serve student learning and growth is the focus of this year’s Forum. Hear from experts and practitioners who have already devised innovative and creative solutions, and contribute to a discussion that will yield additional ideas to take to your own classes and institutions. The AI-generated Forum logo, above, tried to graphically represent a mix of DaVinci and artificial intelligence — we look forward to an exciting Forum groupthink experience that beats AI at its own game!

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Laura Dumin – Professor, University of Central Oklahoma

Laura Dumin is a Professor of English and technical writing at the University of Central Oklahoma. She serves as the university’s Artificial Intelligence Coordinator, exploring the impact of generative AI on writing classrooms and running a thriving Facebook learning community to allow instructors to learn from each other: https://www.facebook.com/groups/632930835501841.

Dr. Dumin is also a co-managing editor for the Journal of Transformative Learning, a campus SoTL mentor, directs UCO’s Technical Writing BA program, and advises the Composition and Rhetoric MA program. She received an M.S. in technical writing and composition/rhetoric from Radford University in 2001 and obtained her Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University in 2010.

Preliminary Fall Forum Schedule

Find out more about this year’s Fall Forum Moderators and Panelists.

View this year’s lunch menu.

Time Event
9:30-10:45am Welcome, Keynote Presentation & AI Demonstration
11:00am-12:00pm Panel Presentation – Aspects of AI in Higher Education
12:00-1:00pm Lunch & Informal Group Discussions
1:00-2:00pm Panel Presentation – AI Best Practices
2:15-3:00pm Brainstorming Breakout Sessions
3:15-4:00pm Wrap-Up & Debrief


Registration Information

This year’s Fall Forum registration rate is $25/person. Registration includes forum attendance, lunch, and refreshments. The first two registrations for each DaVinci Institute member institution are complimentary. Virtual registration is also available for $25/person, and a Zoom link will be provided to attend the event.

The deadline to register for the Fall Forum is Thursday, October 5th.

Payment Information

Fall Forum event registration and payment are two separate processes (apologies). Registration payments for the Fall Forum can be made by credit card here on the DaVinci Institute website.

  • At the top of the right-hand menu bar in the “Donations & Payments” section, type “2023 Fall Forum” into the “Invoice#, Name, or Institution” text field.
  • Click the “Pay Now” button. This will open a new window called “Hosted – Transaction Express”. You may need to temporarily disable pop-up blockers on your web browser.
  • Complete the form provided, including your contact information and credit card information, and verify that you are not a robot.
  • Click the “Submit” button. You should be taken to a confirmation page and a confirmation email will be sent to the address included in the payment form.

To pay by purchase order or other means, please contact DaVinci Institute Treasurer Von Underwood at vonu@cameron.edu, 580-581-2259.

Directions to the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO)

From Oklahoma City, take I-44 south (this route has tolls). Continue to Chickasha Exit 80. Turn left (west) on Grand Ave. (first road after exit).  Continue along Grand Ave. for one mile. Turn right (north) onto 17th St. The location for this year’s Fall Forum is: USAO Ballroom (2nd Floor), 1727 W. Alabama Ave, Chickasha, OK 73018.

Starting Point Time & Distance to USAO
Oklahoma City (Various) 0.75 hours, 45 miles
Tulsa (TCC) 2.25 hours, 150 miles
Lawton (Cameron) 0.75 hours, 45 miles
Ada (ECU) 1.50 hours, 84 miles
Stillwater (OSU) 2.00 hours, 112 miles
Tahlequah (NSU) 3.25 hours, 207 miles
Tonkawa (NOC) 2.00 hours, 135 miles
Warner (CSC) 2.50 hours, 168 miles
Weatherford (SWOSU) 1.50 hours, 77 miles

USAO Parking and Campus Map

The USAO Ballroom building is circled in red below. Visitor parking is highlighted in yellow. Accessibility parking is available in front of the building on Alabama Ave. Additional event parking is available on residential streets bordering the northwest corner of campus.

USAO campus map with parking

(Click on image above to enlarge.)

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