Artificial intelligence has the potential to be a great tool, when used ethically, in higher education. It crosses disciplines and subject areas, making a profound impact in many areas (Crompton & Burke, 2023).
Let’s begin with the biggest perpetrator in 2023: ChatGPT. ChatGPT has natural language understanding and generation, it can retrieve information, and can be customized to user needs. However, it may provide incomplete or outdated information, there’s potential for bias, inaccuracies, and lacks the emotional intelligence required for sensitive topics.
In higher education, it could be helpful with collaborative learning opportunities, writing support, research assistance, and language learning. It is important to understand its potential and limitations, in order to harness the power of the tool to increase engagement and student outcomes. It should be approached with a critical eye, ensuring the use of the tool aligns with the learning outcomes and the well-being of the students (Rose, 2023).
Encouraging Critical Thinking and Originality
There are ways to theoretically “ChatGPT-proof” your course, by encouraging critical thinking and originality. But in this course, we want to encourage you to become more fluent in the use of AI, in a way that is meaningful for your courses and which complements your teaching preferences. The lesson here will provide you with opportunities to learn how to use AI while also creating renewable content for your courses. You’ll be creating an infographic, which will serve as learning materials for your intended course development, but the following directions could be adapted to create a video, podcast, or other engaging content for your students.
Crompton, H., & Burke, D. (2023). Artificial intelligence in higher education: The state of the field. International Journey of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 20(22). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-023-00392-8