Courses and Workshops

Hands-On with Generative AI

Robert Todd
Monday, Jun. 3, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PT)
Repeats every Monday until Monday, Jun. 24, 2024
Price: $155.00
16 slots available

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The capabilities of Generative AI models like GPT4, Claude and Google’s Gemini are profound, and profoundly weird. To harness their creative and analytical powers, it helps to understand a little about how they work — and then get you hands dirty. In this theory+practice course, we’ll look at the latest AI tools and learn some principles, practices, tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. It will be a fun, pragmatic and a probably perplexing parlay with the intelligences that are on a path to replace our own. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!


Faculty Bio

Robert Todd's career lies at the confluence of technology, learning, and human behavior. As a pioneer in online education at SFSU, to his tenure as a digital learning luminary at DigitalThink, McKinsey, and LinkedIn, he pushed boundaries. He splits his time as a lecturer on the social impact of AI, and advising a portfolio of AI-powered edtech startups.


This is an In-Person, Livestreamed + Recorded Course

  • Classes meet in person at the Golden Bear Center, Suite 202/204, at 1995 University Ave., Berkeley
  • Classes will also stream live simultaneously, and be video recorded
  • You must be a current OLLI @Berkeley member to register. Learn about membership, including our fee assistance program

Schedule Highlights

  • Course starts on Monday, June 3, and ends on Monday, June 24
  • Classes meet for 4 weeks, 2 hours per session (10–noon)
  • Videos will post on Fridays in Member Dashboards
  • All course materials, including videos, will remain available to view and enjoy through Aug. 31

Member Praise for Robert Todd

Robert Todd is engaging, knowledgeable and humorous (the last being important to me, maybe not to other people). I learned a lot and am using AI every day.

The class's far ranging history and knowledge of technology, knowledge transfer, and ai was terrific. Fun to see a professor so excited about their topic.


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