This time last year, ChatGPT was somewhat of a new and unknown quantity. In fact, it was about 14 months ago that we published our first blog post covering this mysterious phenomenon that was exploding onto campuses around the world.

Thankfully, a lot has changed since then, and what we know about ChatGPT has expanded considerably beyond that nutshell. While ChatGPT and other forms of generative AI (GenAI) continue to change the way we use technology in many aspects of our lives, there are now so many excellent learning and teaching resources to look to for guidance. GenAI is very much an ongoing discussion both in and outside of UTS, but there some steps you can take right now to ensure your assessments are well prepared for integration (or exclusion) of GenAI.

A three-tiered approach to GenAI in assessment

Ann Wilson’s comprehensive blog series neatly sets out “a three-tiered thinking” for using GenAI for assessment, drawing on a wide range of literature to show how you can approach these scenarios with our ethical and effective principles in mind. This system was introduced during a GenAI workshop for the Faculty of Health late last year. If you’re still making decisions about how you and your students will use GenAI in your subject, it’s the perfect time to read through this series: 

Your assessment may only need some minor modifications to adapt to GenAI. In the following posts, Ann introduces some simple steps you can take:

Five principles for the effective ethical use of generative AI

These are the core principles you should consult when determining how GenAI fits into your subject.  The principles are that students: 

  • understand the significance of GenAI for society, careers, and studies
  • understand legitimate use of GenAI in their studies
  • are equipped to engage critically and ethically with GenAI
  • experience GenAI’s strengths and limitations as aids to learning
  • are assessed on what they need to know in an AI world

More details on what you can do to address each of these principles can be found in the full resource: Five principles for the effective ethical use of generative AI on LX Resources.

Advice for students

UTS Library has created a handy resource for students that not only serves as an introduction to GenAI, but also provides information on various types of GenAI, ethical use and evaluation, and referencing tips. Share this Generative AI resource with your students to help them get familiar and comfortable with incorporating GenAI into their study and assessment work. There are also slides available to download and customise so you an communicate clearly in class what the expectations are for GenAI usage in your subject.

Further help and support

If you’ve checked the resources and you’re not sure where to go next with GenAI, get in touch with our Services team to come and have a chat with a Learning Designer about the best GenAI path for your subject. 

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