AI Tools For Education
We often encounter artificial intelligence (AI) in our daily lives, but with the emergence of ChatGPT, AI has been dominating the news and the discourse related to teaching and learning.
ChatGPT is just one example of generative AI - or the use of AI to create new content including text and images. Tools powered by large language models like ChatGPT (Open AI), Bard (Google), and Copilot (Microsoft Bing) can be used in a multitude of ways to aid the teaching and learning process. There are a plethora of articles and blogs which have begun to shed light on these applications and we have summarized a few key use cases in the section below. Additionally, AI tools are now available that can be used to generate presentations, images, video, and audio from text. Other tools can be used for specialized educational tasks such as summarizing research findings or helping neurodivergent students break apart tasks into components.
Relatedly, chatbots or virtual assistants are also becoming increasingly common in the education space. While not all Chatbots utilize AI, many are AI-based. These programs can be trained on specific information (for example the course material and syllabus or an institution's policies and handbooks) to help answer users' questions in a conversational manner and in real-time. Groups around ATSU have begun to implement chatbots to help users access information in a timely and efficient manner. For example, the ITS website has been equipped with BuckyBot which you can access from their webpage by clicking the message icon at the bottom right-hand corner.
At the TLC we encourage you to try out AI-based tools. As you do, consider how you might help your students prepare for a healthcare space that now has access to AI and to model and allow students to practice ethical, responsible use of AI. Additionally, we encourage you to explicitly communicate your expectations around AI use (or lack of use) in your classroom early and often.