Looking to deep-dive into the hottest topics in online learning? Join us onsite in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 for our pre-conference Accelerate 2023 Master Classes. 

Master class registrations are at an additional fee, and are available only to onsite attendees with an All Access Pass registration. Master classes can be selected with an individual class registration (1 AM or 1 PM class), or through our cost-saving Combo Package (1 AM & 1 PM class).  Class selections are made at the time of registration.

All master classes are listed in U.S. Eastern Time Zone and are presented onsite at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Washington D.C. (National Harbor, MD).

Master Class AM session

The AI Loom: Weaving Together Teaching, Learning and AI

  • Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
  • Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm ET

Lead Presenter: Reed Dickson, Director, Online Faculty Experience & Innovation, Pima Community College

How can AI help us reshape teaching, learning, and course design? Join us for this workshop where participants will rethink everything with AI in mind, including assessment, student-centered teaching, curricular design, writing, research, metacognition, equity, and ethics. Participants will also practice using AI to create resources you can use today! This abstract was generated using ChatGPT 4.0.

What are some simple strategies for rethinking how you engage and assess students with AI in mind? What is important to consider when it comes to curricular and instructional design with emerging AI technologies? This three-hour masterclass at OLC Accelerate 2023 will engage participants in reimagining our pedagogical practices with AI in mind. Our focus will be on language learning models like Chat GPT and Bard, as well as other AI-embedded edtech solutions. AI video or image generation will not be a focus for this workshop.

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During this workshop, we will delve into the following:

  • AI Meets Assessment: How might we reshape assessment strategies with AI as a partner in teaching and learning?
  • AI Meets Student-Centered Teaching: How can we leverage AI to foster a more student-centered learning environment?
  • AI Meets Curricular and Instructional Design: How can AI enhance our instructional design approaches to create engaging and effective learning experiences?
  • AI Meets Writing & Research: How can AI support and enhance research, writing, and inquiry in our classrooms?
  • AI Meets Reflective, Metacognitive Practice: How might we revisit metacognitive practices while incorporating student reflection around AI and tech use?
  • AI Meets Equitable Learning: How can we utilize AI to support equitable teaching practices and foster inclusivity in the classroom?
  • AI Meets Ethics: How do we engage students and educators as key stakeholders in the ethical considerations surrounding AI in education and society?

This workshop not only invites participants to revisit their current teaching methods and course designs, but also to examine and practice using AI to create teaching and learning materials and resources – that you can use today! In the spirit of what Reed calls “Transparent AI Practices” (TAP), this abstract and title were generated using ChatGPT 4.0 through a series of queries and minor edits.


Master Class PM session

ChatGPT unleashed: An advanced exploration of AI-driven course design

  • Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
  • Time: 1:00pm- 4:00pm ET

Lead Presenters: Sean Nufer, Director of Educational Technology, TCS Education System Co-presenters: Veronica Estrada (Pacific Oaks College), Mark Labbett (TCS Education System), Laura Blom (TCD Education System)


Explore ChatGPT’s potential in this advanced masterclass for educators and curriculum designers. Learn innovative techniques for course content creation and personalized learning experiences. Engage in hands-on activities and practical applications to generate captivating syllabi, lesson plans, quizzes, and more. Unleash the power of AI and elevate your educational offerings.

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ChatGPT is capable of generating robust educational content, making it an exceptionally effective tool for educators and curriculum designers for creating engaging course materials for students. ChatGPT, which has garnered significant attention this past year, has the potential to revolutionize online education by facilitating the creation of personalized learning experiences for students. It simplifies the generation of various course content types, including learning objectives, lesson plans, syllabi, lecture notes, quizzes, classroom activities, and student feedback. Once reviewed, revised (often many times over), iterated, tinkered with, and improved, the produced content is generally of high quality. This advanced masterclass will explore a deep dive into ChatGPT, scrutinizing its benefits and drawbacks for educators and identifying its current limitations. Participants will engage in a multitude of hands-on activities, working collaboratively in groups to develop course content for “courses” that we will create together using ChatGPT. Our aim is to produce content such as syllabi, lesson plans, lecture notes, course policies, rubrics, assignments, quizzes, classroom activities, a lecture slide deck (PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc.) and potentially student feedback.

AI is especially advantageous for crafting materials like lecture notes and quizzes that necessitate precise and coherent text. It can also produce engaging and interactive classroom activities that promote student involvement and make learning enjoyable. In some instances, ChatGPT allows educators to tailor course materials to suit the distinct needs and expectations of individual students. Even though the concept of learning styles and the meshing hypothesis are fallacious, ChatGPT can still create activity outlines centered on specific sensory principles. By evaluating a student’s prior interactions and performance (note: never use a real student’s name or any identifying information), ChatGPT can generate customized materials that cater to their learning needs and preferences, enhancing student engagement and learning outcomes by providing more relevant and valuable content.

Additionally, ChatGPT can be integrated to optimize content creation for educators and instructional designers, such as producing large volumes of quiz or test questions. Since the model can create multiple options for each question, it can also be utilized to develop question banks for formative assessments. Another key application of ChatGPT in education is producing personalized and meaningful feedback on student work, which can improve student engagement and learning outcomes. For example, it can help facilitate feedback for written responses, offer constructive feedback, and identify areas requiring further support. Educators can even provide assignment rubrics for precise assessment feedback.

It is essential to emphasize that ChatGPT is not meant to replace human educators but to enhance their efforts. AI-generated content must be examined and refined by a human educator to ensure accuracy, relevance, pedagogical integrity, and the preservation of the vital human touch in education. In the end, educators and course designers are responsible for ensuring their educational offerings deliver the best outcomes and mastery for their students.

ChatGPT has the potential to transform the way course content is created in education. It excels at generating high-quality, articulate, and human-like text rapidly and effortlessly, making it an optimal tool for diverse course materials such as learning objectives, lesson plans, syllabi, lecture notes, quizzes, classroom activities, and student feedback. Moreover, it can customize materials to meet individual students’ needs and learning styles, rendering the content more relevant and useful. However, it is critical to acknowledge that ChatGPT is not a substitute for human educators and should be used in a manner that supports and complements their efforts. This advanced Masterclass will delve into ChatGPT’s capabilities and limitations in the context of course content creation and discuss potential implementation strategies.

Registration options

Combo Package

    • Buy both Pre-conference Master classes (in person attendees only; no virtual option available). 
    • 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Fee: $550

Individual Classes

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Fee: $300 each