Artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence - Resources for AUC Faculty

Since the release of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) text generator, ChatGPT, in late 2022, educators around the globe have been reading, exploring and reflecting on how it might impact their teaching and have possible repercussions on students’ learning. These tools are impacting the academic world at a rapidly advancing scale. While it is difficult to gauge the long-term impacts of this new technology on our practice, this evolving resource provides some starter resources, which we will keep updating regularly.

 

 

  • May 2023 Updates

    Prior to reporting any suspected case of inappropriate use of AI tools that the faculty member identifies as a breach of AUC academic integrity policy, AUC strongly recommends that all faculty make every effort to:

    • Disclose clearly the permissible boundaries of the use of Artificial Intelligence tools in the course syllabus, amendments to an existing syllabus, or instructions for each assessment prior to students doing the work.
    • Discuss the suspected inappropriate use of AI tools with any student suspected of inappropriate use.
    • Avoid relying entirely on AI detectors which, for now, may give inaccurate results, false positives, and false negatives. If such detectors become more reliable in the future, CLT will communicate this to the faculty.
    • AUC strongly recommends the use of CLT resources, workshops, and/or guidelines to help guide your practice around the use of AI tools. 

    To request a CLT consultation, fill out this form.

    The text below is adapted from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

    This is text faculty that may use to communicate with students. 

    • Do not assume that your instructor allows the use of AI tools for submitted work. Before using these tools, you must check with your instructor if you can do so, and if so, what exactly is permitted for a specific assignment.
    • If you are permitted to use ChatGPT or similar AI, evaluate the content carefully and critically. Content produced may contain incorrect or biased and therefore unreliable information. These tools may also infringe on your privacy (e.g., collecting data about you and sharing it), so use them with caution. Remember that you should be using more authoritative, reliable, secure sources instead.
    • Remember that as an author you are accountable for the originality and the accuracy of your work. AUC's academic integrity policy requires that all students submit original work.  
    • If you are permitted to use AI-generated content, make sure to indicate where AI was used and cite the information you use in the text and in the reference list. (see MLA guidelines). While AI-generated text should be attributed to the generator, the claims in the text should not be attributed to it, but to human authors, by finding and citing in-text published sources that support those claims."
    • Remember AUC’s Code of Academic Ethics is quite clear that students must produce original work, cite their sources clearly and not seek an unfair advantage over other students.

    Download a version of the guidelines

    March 2023 updates

    In all probability, many of you have been reading or exploring the introduction of ChatGPT and other Artificial Intelligence (AI) text generator and image generator tools, and reflecting on how it might impact your teaching and have possible repercussions on your students’ learning. These tools are impacting the academic world at a rapidly advancing scale.

    In this regard, take note of future Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) announcements for fora and hands-on- workshops focused on navigating the landscape of AI. Additionally, CLT will be sharing with you a variety of tailored resources on a regular basis in response to some of the more pressing issues.

    Many of you may be concerned about how the use of AI will impact our academic integrity policy. AUC’s Code of Academic Ethics is quite clear that students must produce original work, cite their sources clearly and not seek an unfair advantage over other students.

    As you use your judgment to contemplate how to address the advent of AI platforms in your courses, you will need to decide whether or not it is appropriate for your students to use these tools in some steps of the writing/creative process, and how to disclose it when/if they do. CLT has prepared some introductory tips on how to talk to your students and how to rethink some of your assessment strategies in light of these new AI tools.

    As we move forward, there are a few preliminary steps you can take in your first week of class:

    • Explore this CLT resource on “Talking to your Students about AI: Tips for Faculty”
    • Take a look at this introductory resource “How to Update your Syllabus”
    • Explain why original work is vital to students’ education and future careers
    • Communicate with your students and avoid misunderstandings around when and how students can and cannot use AI in your course
    • Consider testing the AI tools yourself and teaching your students what AI technologies (such as ChatGPT) can and cannot do
    • Carefully consider whether you can redesign your assessments, learning goals around outcomes such as critical thinking, critique and analysis, and creative thinking

    We want to reassure you that CLT is here as your thinking partner, to offer support, guidance, and an opportunity to collectively try out and reflect on how to navigate these tools as we proceed cautiously into this new territory. CLT will be communicating with you directly with more information on upcoming sessions and hands-on-workshops.

  • If you have not seen ChatGPT in practice, watch this video of Hoda Mostafa and Maha Bali using ChatGPT, (https://you.com/chat), and (https://perplexity.ai) and discussing what it can and cannot do.