Created by Laura Schmidli with Molly Harris, Alison Caffrey, Antonella Caloro, Jonathan Klein, Luis Loya, David Macasaet, Erika Schock, and Parker Story.
Published January 5, 2023. Updated December 8, 2023.
In late 2022, ChatGPT made headlines. This and other generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tools have many in higher education discussing AI’s potential threat to our work and purpose. To read more from late 2022 and early 2023, see References and Further Reading.
Like with any new technology, one approach instructors can take in the classroom is to transparently make use of it. This allows you to move beyond stress over whether or not students are using GenAI, and instead have a voice in when, why, and how you and your class use it. You can even invite students to consider and explore AI with you (Tufekci, 2022). Although this approach may not work or be right for all instructors and courses, this strategy has the advantages of encouraging student participation in a larger societal question and helping students to develop their own ethical grounding and practical understanding of academic integrity related to AI.