What is ChatGPT and What Do We Do About It?

By Maria Gallardo-Williams (OFE), Bethany Smith (DELTA), and David Woodbury (NC State Libraries)

Image by Alexandra Koch from Pixabay of a robot
Image by Alexandra Koch from Pixabay

We are sure that you have been hearing all the rumors and reading all the articles coming out about Chat GPT, the artificial intelligence application that can generate pretty credible content in response to prompts. Every day we are bombarded with examples, including serious and humorous prompts that demonstrate that this technology is now in play and ready to disrupt some of our traditional educational practices. Instead of writing yet another article, or generate more text with another prompt, we want to leave you with a list of reputable resources covering the breadth and depth of Chat GPT.

We also want to invite you to a Faculty Conversation, co-sponsored by DELTA, the Libraries, and the Office for Faculty Excellence. Join us on March 1, 2023 at 11:30-12:30. We will have a couple of special guests that will help us discuss how to handle AI-generated content moving forward and how we might integrate AI as a tool for learning in the future. We expect it to be a lively exchange of ideas and would love to see you there! Please register to attend here.

Some interesting readings: 

Sample language for your syllabus if you don’t want your students to use Chat GPT or other AI content generators: 

  • “Use an AI text generator only if the assignment explicitly calls for it or allows it, and follow specific assignment guidelines to disclose which text comes from the AI (we’ll learn more about this and discuss it)”
  • “Content generated by an Artificial Intelligence third-party service or site (AI-generated content)  without proper attribution or authorization would also be a form of plagiarism.” Center for Integrated Professional Development, Illinois State University, January 9, 2023