AI Tools for Education

AI tools will play a major role in transforming education. While you may have heard some of the negative impacts—students using ChatGPT to write papers, for instance—in this event we’ll learn about some of the tools that have potential to help learners. You’ll learn how AI can help summarize text, explain complex concepts in simple language, assist in the development of research questions, help with database searches, and more. You’ll also learn how to evaluate different tools for educational use—a crucial skill to have with new tools emerging constantly.

After participating in this session, you will:

  • Gain ideas for using ChatGPT and BingChat to help create library assignments and tutorials
  • Understand how you can use ChatGPT’s code interpreter to work with data
  • Be able to use Claude to work with large documents
  • Have a working knowledge of some of the best plugins for ChatGPT
  • Have a working knowledge of several third-party of apps like Elicit, Consensus, and ExplainPaper
  • Understand how to create an experimental AI chatbot from your own data
  • Gain ideas for how to evaluate educational AI apps
Registration for this event is included in the Crash Course: Understanding and Using AI Tools in Library Programs and Services.

    Demonstrations will include the use of both free and paid versions of these tools. You can do everything we talk about with free tools, but it’s recommended that you experiment with some of the paid tools in order to expand your knowledge of the possibilities. Pricing information will be provided.

    Nicole Hennig is an expert in user experience and emerging technologies. She is currently an e-learning developer at the University of Arizona Libraries. Previously, she worked for the MIT Libraries as head of the user experience department. In her 14 years of experience at MIT, she won awards for innovation and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies, and Apps for Librarians. Like most librarians, she is passionate about access to information for all. You can sign up for her newsletter and learn more on her website.

    This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

    If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, contact us at or at 312-280-5100.