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We are the Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL), a national center to improve faculty capacity to use educational technology in special education, early intervention, related services preparation and leadership personnel preparation programs.

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Thinking about artificial intelligence and its impact on the future of education? Maybe you're excited about the new possibilities that technologies like ChatGPT and DALL-E present for everyone. Maybe you're ready to throw your hands up and declare that these technologies are disrupting academic integrity and promoting plagiarism among students. maybe you're somewhere in between. Whatever the case may be CIDDL has you covered from our interactive CIDDL Community to our AI blog series.

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CIDDL Community

We started a community of higher education faculty members focused on sharing tips and tricks, research-based practices, and strategies for innovative use of educational technology in educator or leadership preparation programs.

This is a place where we build connectedness, share varied opinions, and bring together our knowledge about leveraging technology to support all students.

Network + Connect + Support

"CIDDL will change the culture of tech attitudes, adoption, and use to realize pedagogical promise in terms of practice, outcomes, and innovation." -Dr. James Basham

"We aim to bring together leaders in technology and special education in an expanding human and digital network that allows users to connect, share, learn, develop, ignite, and sustain innovative practices that support all students." -Dr. Jose Blackorby

Latest Posts from CIDDL

Equity, Diversity, and Access to Technology in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

By Ashley Grays | January 26, 2023 | 0 Comments
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The recent emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), such as ChatGPT, has caused an uproar in the academic community. Educators and leaders are debating the use of the tool as well as how it will change the way we educate. AI is becoming increasingly commonplace in our everyday lives, and its use is growing in many fields, from health care to education. With this growth, it is essential to consider how this technology could affect individuals of different backgrounds, abilities, and resources.

CIDDL ChatGPT: Solving Multiple Choice Questions

By info@ciddl.org | January 25, 2023 | 0 Comments
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ChatGPT is a powerful language model that can be used to solve multiple choice questions. It can be used to answer questions from a wide range of subjects, including history, science, literature, and more. Here are a few steps you can take to use ChatGPT to solve multiple choice questions.

CIDDL ChatGPT: Summarizing Text

By info@ciddl.org | January 19, 2023 | 0 Comments
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Summarizing text with ChatGPT can be a quick and efficient way to condense long pieces of text into shorter, more manageable versions. Here are some steps you can take to summarize text using ChatGPT.

Step by Step Use of Chat GPT

By info@ciddl.org | January 11, 2023 | 0 Comments
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Chat GPT-3 is an artificial intelligence (AI) application that enables users to converse with a virtual assistant. It is an advanced version of the GPT-2 AI system and is designed to offer natural language understanding and response in a conversational setting. With GPT-3, you can interact with a virtual assistant to ask questions and get answers.

So, AI Ruined Your Term Paper Assignment?

By James Basham | January 5, 2023 | 0 Comments
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made headlines since the release of ChatGPT at the end of 2022. The current advances in AI have changed the game for the future of writing. To this end, higher education and K-12 school faculty throughout the land cried foul because it ruined their course term papers, automatic answering of multiple-choice tests, or writing of any basic writing prompt. The resolution to this problem varies with most electing to ban the technology however, this is not a viable solution!

CIDDL Technology Gift List

By Samantha Goldman | January 4, 2023 | 0 Comments
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With the winter holidays coming to an end, CIDDL’s Principal Investigators, staff, and doctoral students put together a list of “must have ” items that stood out this holiday season for the tech and innovation lover in your life. And, we won’t judge if you gift them all to yourself.

Enhancing Instruction and Empowering Educators with AI Tools and Technology

By info@ciddl.org | December 14, 2022 | 0 Comments
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The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education is rapidly gaining momentum and has the potential to revolutionize the way teachers and educational professionals guide student learning. While the critical presence of teachers is undoubtedly irreplaceable, AI is set to bring about significant changes to the roles and responsibilities of educators, as well as to educational best practices. From providing personalized learning experiences to automating administrative tasks and grading, AI has the potential to greatly assist educators in their efforts to educate the next generation.

Perspectives from Higher Education Experts in Orientation and Mobility

By Nick Hoekstra | December 6, 2022 | 0 Comments
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In the November 30 CIDDL Webinar, How to select Technology and Design Instruction: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities that Generalize Across Tools and Settings, Dr. Tara Courchaine interviewed Dr. Robert Wall Emerson, Dr. Sarahelizabeth Baguhn, and Dr. Nicholas Giudice regarding their processes for choosing technology to introduce in orientation and mobility (O&M) programs.

Staying Relevant: Using Social Media to Address Current Issues in Teacher Preparation

By Ashley Grays | November 22, 2022 | 0 Comments
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Social media has made access to the voices of differently able individuals readily available, and they are constantly discussing perspectives and events that affect their lives. Open discussions about current issues may help pre-service teachers gain confidence in having difficult conversations about and with the students they serve.

Dot the I’s and Every Other Letter: Technology to Support Braille Learning

By Nick Hoekstra | November 18, 2022 | 0 Comments
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For over 150 years, a system of raised dots known as braille has been the fundamental system of written communication for the blind. Perkins School for the Blind reports that there exist braille codes for over 130 languages from around the world. Even beyond the classroom, braille is an indispensable tool in the daily lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. Fortunately, advances in technology have the potential to make braille more readily available than ever before.

CIDDL Blog Series

CIDDL Cizzles: Watch Our Latest Episode

Chef Bryan Dean: The Five Mother Sauces

Join Bryan Dean as he discusses how to craft the perfect sauce - both in the kitchen and using technology.

CIDDL Cizzles: Recipes + Tech Tools for Faculty

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Chef Bryan Dean: Mother Sauces and Technology Evaluation

By Michelle Patterson | December 2, 2022
Season 2 CIDDL Cizzles gets saucy as Bryan Dean connects universal ‘Mother Sauces” to technology evaluation. Starting with a simple 1:1 roux of starch (all-purpose flour) and a fat (butter), Bryan creates four mother sauces to be used as the base for a wide variety of meals.
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Chef Ling Zhang: Dumplings and Personalized Learning

By Tahnee Wilder | November 3, 2022
In our newest CIDDL Cizzles, Ling Zhang discusses what dumplings and personalized learning (PL) have in common. Much like, there is a wide variety to make dumplings, there is vast variability of technology to help teachers implement effective PL.
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Chef Dave Merves: Pancakes and Program Evaluation

By Tahnee Wilder | September 28, 2022
In our newest CIDDL Cizzles, Dave Merves discusses what pancakes and program evaluation have in common. Dr. Dave Merves has been in education for the past 16 years as a program evaluator for educational technology grants. His first career was as an internationally classically trained chef specializing in pastries.
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Faculty and EdTech Learning Opportunities

In the November 30 CIDDL Webinar, How to select Technology and Design Instruction: Knowledge,  Skills and Abilities that Generalize Across Tools and Settings, Dr. Tara Courchaine interviewed Dr. Robert Wall Emerson, Dr. Sarahelizabeth Baguhn, and Dr. Nicholas Giudice regarding their processes for choosing technology to introduce in orientation and mobility (O&M) programs. The expert panel then went on to discuss how designers, policy makers, and end-users with disabilities can work together to ensure future technology is more inclusive from the start.

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