Gen AI Journal For ongoing reflection, communication, & growth in the investigation of the use of Generative AI to support my work in this course.


Create an Adobe Express Web Page (Video Tutorial) (PDF Instructions); share the published link privately with Professor Shannon. Post update entries and republish the site throughout the semester. Journal entries should follow the specific instructions on the Deliverables Schedule. Your entries might also include thoughtfully incorporated multimedia content (text, images, audio, video) and the reflections described on this page. Remember that your use of GenAI is subject to the requirements of Professor Shannon's statement on the Use of Generative AI.

There are no specified journal entry deadlines on the course schedule. You are expected to post regularly. Re-share your link via Teams DM after each new journal post.

Some other benefits of Journaling

Reflection journals give you the opportunity to:

  • Identify and develop your design process—how do you manage a project from conception to completion?
  • Record meaningful takeaways—metacognition (thinking about thinking) is how our brains make meaning and build understanding.
  • Communicate openly and informally with Professor Shannon about your experience working with GenAI/ChatGPT—express frustration, air grievances, voice concerns, flag issues, and vent. Be sure to celebrate your "wins" as well...
  • Provide commentary to chronical your evolving world view in light of the progression of your experience with GenAI/ChatGPT
  • Memorialize in-the-moment reflections, which are the building blocks for developing a portfolio or self-promotion product, as well as for preparing responses to common interview questions

"Journal Starters"

Below is a collection of guiding questions, or "journal starters," to help frame your thinking about using GenAI. While you are not required to answer any of these questions specifically, you may find them helpful in jump-starting meaningful reflection. It is strongly recommended that you select at least one guiding question per journal entry to anchor your writing and to get the most out of the reflective process.

Reflecting on Problem Solving

  • What did you do first? How did you know where to begin? What led you to make that decision?
  • What clues did you have that you were on the right track?
  • What strategies did you use to solve the problem?
  • What was going on inside your head that led you to change course? Or to persist?
  • How do you know you were successful? How can you prove it?

Prompts for Metacognition (Thinking about Thinking)

  • What strategies and skills did I use for this project/task? Were they effective? Why/why not?
  • How did my mindset affect how I approached my work?
  • Did I communicate effectively with others? How can I improve?
  • What have I learned about my strengths/weaknesses after this task?
  • How can I best use my strengths to improve my performance?
  • How am I progressing as a learner and as a professional?
  • What steps did I take when I was uncertain about my work?
  • How did I change my course of action? Was it profitable?
  • If I were to do this work again, is there anything that I would do differently?

Reflecting on New Experiences

  • Write about how this experience reminded you of something you already know
  • What is the one thing you’d like to remember about this experience?
  • How does something you did this week relate to something in your life?
  • What did I previously think was true, but now know to be wrong after this experience?
  • What was new, surprising, or made me wonder?
  • What have I changed my mind about after this learning experience?
  • How might I use this information in the future?
  • What do I predict I will learn next?
  • How could I (or someone in a profession) use this knowledge?
  • What did I like/dislike about the new insights I gained during this experience?
  • What didn’t I learn that I thought I would?

Resources & Support Links

SHU Adobe Creative Campus Homepage

SHU Adobe Digital Badges for your LinkedIn Profile

Using Adobe Stock (and how to use photos from the internet for your assignments)

Design Basics Self-Paced Module for SHU Students

Adobe Express Tutorial Videos

New Features in Adobe Express (Including Firefly GenAI for Images and Text)

Teams Chat @ Lisa Bond or Jarrod Cecere

GenAI Journal Example

My name is Lisa Bond, and this is my GenAI journal. Scroll to see my journal entries.

Week 3 Journal Deliverable

"Prepare and post a narrative describing your understanding of GenAI and your expectations of its use in the course, including some detail about the GenAI platforms you might use each week, e.g., DALL-E for image generation and GPT-3 for text creation."

January 25, 2023

I just reviewed the ShannonWeb Review This First, Deliverables, and Schedule pages again.

My initial thoughts about using ChatGPT, and other GenAI platforms are...

Week 4 Journal Deliverable Part 1

"Prepare and post the results of the prompt engineering exercises."

February 2, 2024

Persona Prompt:

Week 4 Journal Deliverable Part 2

February 2, 2024

Audience Persona Prompt:

Week 5 Journal Deliverable

February 8, 2024

"Describe the GenAI Platforms used this week; describe how you incorporated these platforms into your projects or creative processes; discuss any challenges faced and how you addressed them, and reflect on how using GenAI impacted your creativity and work flow."