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AI Learning Community

About the AI Learning Community

The TLC is sponsoring a new learning community in 2023-24 on the topic of teaching in the age of generative AI. Co-led by Associate Professor of Literature and TLC Faculty Associate Zac Zimmer (Fall-Winter), Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Innovation Michael Tassio, and Teaching Professor of Writing Heather Shearer (Spring), the AI Learning Community hosts meetings and events throughout the year. Upcoming meetings and past events are included below: 


Participants will explore AI in three sessions (see dates below) using a makerspace model. In the first session, participants in the community will identify an issue in their teaching that could be addressed by AI; in the second session participants will define and create the intervention (with support); in the third and final session participants will showcase and test the intervention. The community is open to UCSC educators at all levels, as well as to staff — please contact the TLC ( to be added to the calendar entries and to get the Zoom link. 

  • April 10, 2:30 – 4 PM
  • May 8, 2:30 – 4 PM
  • June 5, 2:30 – 4 PM

The meetings are directed around specific topics (announced before the meetings to the members of the learning community), but mostly require no preparation and all members of the UCSC community are invited to attend them.


The Learning Community directed its effort to designing and participating in the joint Academic Senate and TLC AI Forum on February 28. A recording of the event is available. 

FALL 2023

  • October 4, 3:00-4:30
  • October 25, 3:00-4:30 (with guest Associate Professor of History Benjamin Breen)
  • November 8, 3:00-4:30 (with guest Professor and Chair of Computational Media, Magy Seif El-Nasr) 
  • December 13, 3:00-4:30 (with guest Continuing Lecturer of Sociology Megan McNamara)

How to Participate in the AI Learning Community

The virtual learning community welcomes participation from all faculty, as well as graduate students and staff.  To join, please register or express your interest in joining by emailing

Questions can be directed to

Last modified: Apr 04, 2024