The University of Kentucky is implementing guidelines this semester to regulate the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools by students. These AI tools are transforming the landscape of higher education and have both advantages and concerns associated with them.
Law student Jack Grund, in his final year at the university, acknowledges that the technology, such as ChatGPT, is gaining popularity among students, although it is not his preferred method of studying. He has observed that other students are using ChatGPT for problem-solving. However, there have been cases where professors have expressed concerns about the authenticity of assignments completed with the help of ChatGPT.
ChatGPT is an AI tool introduced by tech start-up OpenAI in November last year. It utilizes databases of digital texts and employs AI algorithms to generate written responses based on user prompts. It is capable of solving practical calculus equations, writing term papers, and even translating different languages.
To address the challenges and ensure fair use of generative AI tools, the University of Kentucky’s Advance Team is formulating guidelines for instructors. The guidelines provide four options to instructors on how to incorporate generative AI technology into their teaching, including options like “no use” or “free use in all cases” of AI applications.
Trey Conaster, a member of the UK Advance board, emphasizes the importance of students’ creativity in utilizing these tools responsibly for learning purposes. The guidelines also aim to tackle potential issues related to plagiarism and copyright infringement.
The University of Kentucky is committed to monitoring and enhancing the guidelines as AI software develops and evolves. The objective is to harness the potential of generative AI tools while maintaining academic integrity and promoting effective and responsible use among students.