Teaching with Generative Tools
NYU aims to identify new and emerging opportunities and concerns regarding generative tools. The Teaching with Generative Tools working group leads this effort collecting and distributing resources and recommendations created and gathered by our community and sharing regularly as the technology landscape changes rapidly.
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Students ChatGPT Use Advisory
April 26, 2023: This is an advisory update on use of ChatGPT and related tools in end-of-term assignments. Please share it with faculty who may be facing these issues.
As the Spring 2023 semester comes to a close, we expect increased student use of generative AI tools, especially text-generating tools like ChatGPT, in their course work. The Teaching with Generative Tools Working Group (TGT) has been exploring the issues related to these tools this semester, and while we do not yet have survey-level data, the majority of faculty we have talked with report student experimentation with these tools in their classes.
March 27, 2023: This is an advisory update on use of ChatGPT in the classroom. Please share it with faculty who may be facing these issues.
This is the first full semester where students have access to ChatGPT. The Provost’s office is hearing from faculty about students generating essays, test answers, and even written class discussion they submit as their own. As adoption grows, the question for faculty is how we respond to violations of academic integrity, while adapting to the genuine utility of these tools.
As the Spring 2023 semester comes to a close, we expect increased student use of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in their course work. Though most students will not cheat, some will, and others will cross into academic integrity violations by leaning too hard on the tools. Because high quality text-generating tools only appeared late last year, faculty have had little time to adapt. We assume some faculty, adapting to these changes for the first time, will want to discuss what they are seeing.
The Provost's Office and the Teaching with Generative Tools Working Group are hosting a Zoom call every weekday before graduation for faculty who would like to discuss what they are seeing, or ask questions about student use of these tools. TGT is not a policy body, so the conversations will be about sharing observations and strategies — any decisions about academic integrity violations will remain with the schools.
The Zoom calls are at:
Times (all EDT):
- May 1: 14:00-16:00
- May 2: 8:30-10:00
- May 3: 12:30-3:00
- May 4: 14:00-16:00
- May 5: 10:00-12:00
- May 9: 12:00-14:00
- May 11: 8:00-10:00
- May 15: 11:00-13:00
- May 16: 8:00-10:00
TGT Working Group Charter
The Teaching with Generative Tools (TGT) working group will address three questions:
What has changed and might change in higher ed with generative tools?
How can faculty avoid potential negative effects of these tools on student learning?
How can faculty take advantage of potential positive effects on student learning?
The Teaching and Generative Tools Working Group is made up of self-identified faculty from across New York University (including global sites). Members convene monthly as a whole and in sub-working groups on relevant and developing topics related to the subject of large language model tools such as ChatGPT, GPT-4, and others.
The Teaching and Generative Tools Working Group will provide advice, best-practices, resources, and coordination between departments and schools interested in addressing opportunities and challenges posed by the academic use of these tools.
The areas of interest broadly identified by the group currently include:
Assignment and Assessment Design
Acknowledgment and Citations
The Teaching and Generative Tools Working Group aims identify new and emerging opportunities and concerns around these tools, to collect and distribute resources and recommendations created and collected by the NYU community, and to share these regularly over the coming year, in keeping with the subject’s rapidly changing landscape.
To learn more, or to become a part of the TGT Working Group, contact Scott Henkle, Assistant Director of Learning Experience Design.