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Welcome to San Diego State University, where the collaborative synergy between Academic Affairs (Center for Teaching & Learning) and the IT Division (Instructional Technology Services) takes center stage through the new Academic Application of AI (AAAI) Micro-Credential Program. This innovative initiative, thoughtfully crafted by our Academic AI Fellows, empowers faculty to leverage AI in education and research creatively and responsibly. What sets this collaboration apart is our commitment to student feedback; results from an in-depth Fall 2023 AI Student Survey (N > 7,000) will guide the refinement of both the Micro-Credential and the upcoming Academic AI Summit, hosted by San Diego State University in Spring 2024 and uniting all 23 California State University campuses. Join us in shaping the future of AI in education and research through the AAAI Micro-Credential Program!

Academic Applications of AI Summit 2024

Unlocking the Future of AI Education

Join us for a groundbreaking summit set to redefine the future of AI education! SDSU invites all 23 California State University System campuses to collaborate, share knowledge, and advance AI instruction on a state-wide scale.


  • Academic Application of AI (AAAI) Micro-Credential Showcase
  • State-Wide Collaboration in augmented instruction with generative AI
  • Network with AI enthusiasts from 23 CSU campuses
  • Insights from the Fall 2023 SDSU Student AI Survey
  • Beyond California Model Summit
  • Learn about cutting-edge AI projects and technologies
  • Connect with Academic AI Faculty Fellows and Student Fellows
April 12, 2024
8:00am - 4:00 pm
SDSU’s Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center


Don't miss this opportunity to take the reins in a transformative AI education event. Join us at the Academic AI Summit 2024 and be at the forefront of innovation!


SDSU’s Academic Application of AI (AAAI) Micro-Credential prepares you to apply Generative AI technology efficiently, effectively, and ethically to level up learning in the classes you teach. Topics covered include:

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  • Overview: How Does AI Work? Mechanics of Text-based and Image-based Apps
  • Ethics & Social Justice (Responsible Usage) 
  • What Can AI Do? (Ideas for Teaching/Assessment, Ideas for Research)
  • Demos: Finding Apps that are Right for You
  • GenAI in Action: Self-selected Practice Activities (Prompt Engineering Included)

A few quick facts about the program, forthcoming in January 2024:

  • Consists of five learning modules focusing on practical skills
  • Developed by dedicated faculty and staff members just like you
  • Takes two to four hours to complete (two for ‘audit’ option; four for Micro-Credential seekers)
  • Successful completion of four-hour course confirmed with ‘Micro-Credential’ certification.

Faculty interested in participating during the 2023–24 academic year are encouraged to complete the following form. Please note that participation is voluntary:

This resource provides the instrument for a student survey on artificial intelligence (AI) administered at San Diego State University in fall 2023, drawing participation from more than 7,000 students. The survey instrument asks students for basic demographic and educational background data, such as age, residency status, college, and years of study in their current program. Five Likert-style sections examine students' perceptions of AI along several dimensions: awareness and understanding of AI; experience and usage of AI; perceptions and attitudes towards AI; skills, education, and training in AI; and future expectations of AI. Furthermore, an optional open-ended section provides students with the opportunity to share qualitative insights regarding the impact of AI on their education, their perception of AI's future role in their lives, and the specific AI tools they use. This survey instrument provides a detailed summary of students' engagement with AI, offering a valuable resource for understanding their perspectives, knowledge, and expectations on AI in both educational and broader contexts. Survey results can illuminate the strengths and weaknesses of current programs, equity gaps, and areas of emphasis for both educators and administrators.

View the SDSU AI Student Survey Instrument on ScholarWorks


AI Faculty Fellows

David Goldberg Faculty FellowDavid Goldberg PhD

ITS AI Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Fowler College of Business

Elisa Sobo Faculty FellowElisa Sobo PhD

ITS AI Faculty Fellow
Professor of Anthropology
College of Arts and Letters


AI Student Fellows

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Abir Mohamed

ITS AI Student Fellow
Business Information Systems

Colin Ro Student Fellow

Colin Ro

ITS AI Student Fellow
Mechanical Engineering
Associated Students
University Senate