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Is ChatGPT completing my students’ assignments for them? For almost a year, this has been a common fear amongst instructors in higher education, worried if these new types of artificial intelligence (AI) tools could reasonably mimic student work.  

The result of this worry has led to two familiar avenues for discussions:  

1) Academic Integrity and the need to prohibit / detect the use of AI, and  

2) The need for curricular renewal with instructors rethinking course design, and what / how assessments are meant to measure. 

In November 2022, ChatGPT caught the attention of the public as an easy to use “Generative AI” tool, allowing users to generate textual content in response to text prompts. What set ChatGPT apart from previous Generative AI tools was its ability to output text that resembled actual human output (i.e., it sounded like a human had written it).  

Since its introduction to the public in 2022, many other Generative AI tools have emerged that at once create challenges, but also offer new opportunities to instructors. Institutions like Capilano University, UBC, and the University of Calgary have embarked on efforts to uphold academic integrity while promoting safe and responsible use of Generative AI.  

At Capilano University, the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) recently developed instructor recommendations for the use of generative AI. The CTE recommends a comprehensive strategy based on mentoring and learning-centred approaches. This includes devising strategies to mitigate unauthorized use (I.e., adapting assessment methods), and working with instructors to effectively incorporate AI as a tool to enhance teaching and learning.  

Click here to read the full ChatGPT and Generative AI tools resource page with recommendations developed by the CTE.