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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT

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Classroom Policies re: Use of Generative Chatbots

There are a number of potential faculty attitudes toward student use of tools like ChatGPT:
  1. Forbid the use of ChatGPT;
  2. Allow limited use of ChatGPT for certain tasks (such as brainstorming or synonym generation);
  3. Allow the use of ChatGPT (with attribution).

Examples of Possible Language for Syllabi

Forbidding the Use of ChatGPT:

  • Since writing, analytical, and critical thinking skills are part of the learning outcomes of this course, all writing assignments should be prepared by the student. Developing strong competencies in this area will prepare you for a competitive workplace. Therefore, AI-generated submissions are not permitted and will be treated as plagiarism. - Texas Tech University Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center

Allowing the Use of ChatGPT in Limited Circumstances:

  • You can choose to use AI tools to help brainstorm assignments or projects or to revise existing work you have written. When you submit your assignment, I expect you to clearly attribute what text was generated by the AI tool (e.g., AI-generated text appears in a different colored font, quoted directly in the text, or use an in-text parenthetical citation). - UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Learning

Allowing the Use of ChatGPT:

  • Use of AI tools, including ChatGPT, is permitted in this course for students who wish to use them. To adhere to our scholarly values, students must cite any AI-generated material that informed their work (this includes in-text citations and/or use of quotations, and in your reference list). Using an AI tool to generate content without proper attribution qualifies as academic dishonesty. - UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Learning

Positive Use of ChatGPT in Education

19 Ways to Use ChatGPT in Your Classroom

In this blog post on Education Week's website, instructors consider the benefits of using tools like ChatGPT in instruction. 

Improving Students' Writing

Yale's Alfred Guy discusses how AI tools like ChatGPT can be used to improve students' writing.

Teaching and Learning with Artificial Intelligence Apps

Resource Sheet regarding AI from the University of Calgary. 

Alternative Assignments

Some instructors have looked into creating assignments where students may be less likely to use generative AI tools. 

Designing Assignments and Activities with ChatGPT and Generative AI in Mind

ChatGPT and AI Composition Tools

Teaching Actual Student Writing in an AI World

Guidance for Faculty - Assignments

Guidance for Instructors from Yale's Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning outlines three key tips to ChatGPT in higher education:

  1. Instructors should be direct and transparent about what tools students are permitted to use, and about the reasons for any restrictions.
  2. Controlling the use of AI writing through surveillance or detection technology is probably not feasible.
  3. Changes in assignment design and structure can substantially reduce students’ likelihood of cheating— and can also enhance their learning.

 In particular point 3 directly relates to academic integrity as students are less likely to cheat when they:

  • Are pursuing questions they feel connected to
  • Understand how the assignment will support their longer-term learning goals
  • Have produced preliminary work before the deadline
  • Have discussed their preliminary work with others

So if you do not want students to use ChatGPT in your class addressing those four points can go a long way. 

Credit: Sarah Lawrence Library ChatGPT