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Student guide to using AI in learning

The introduction of ChatGPT has sent higher education into a whirlwind over the past months. And it is certain that this chatbot, as well as other AI generative tools, will be here to stay.

“How can I prevent students from cheating with AI, and maintain academic integrity?” are perhaps the biggest questions that faculties wish to address considering this continuation. However, according to Andrew Pass and Pauline Valvo,

“…the real question that educational stakeholders must answer is, “How can schools most effectively enable students to develop the necessary skills to use AI for their own meaningful purposes?”

AI technology emerged years ago and will continue to play an important role in our lives. Therefore, it is important that students develop understanding and skills to utilize AI in real life.

So how can faculties effectively assist students in exploring the potential of AI without compromising academic integrity? This article introduces a step-by-step guide to help faculties create and implement a successful AI introduction to students.

5 steps to introduce students to AI

1. Understand students’ perception of AI

Before getting students to use AI, it is important to understand their attitudes and knowledge regarding this technology. Such insights can be gathered via a pre-course survey asking students what they think about AI generative tools, what they use AI for, and if they think it is useful to integrate the tool into the classroom.

The survey responses will reveal the existing questions, misconceptions, and expectations of students regarding AI use, which helps faculties when designing curricula and guidelines.

For inspiration and suggestions on crafting student surveys, check out Ukrant’s survey on students’ attitudes toward ChatGPT use.

Lance Eaton, writer, educator, and instructional designer at College Unbound, and his team launched an anonymous student survey to study the use of ChatGPT while involving students in developing AI usage policy. They also thought about creating a credit course in which students can actively explore ChatGPT and other AI tools.