The use of artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT in the classroom

Please note:

We have updated our guideline regarding Generative AI (GenAI). Learn more about the use of GenAI tools such as ChatGPT in the classroom.

You may have heard of the term ChatGPT in recent conversations on or around campus, but what is it exactly? With growing popularity, we hope to provide some information about this new technology and help you to continue practicing proper academic integrity at UVic.

What is ChatGPT?

You may have heard other students or instructors mention ChatGPT in your classes. This new artificial intelligence tool is a web-accessible interface to the existing GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) system which is created and maintained by the OpenAI corporation.

Person typing on a laptop

How does the tool work?

The tool works by generates text in response to a prompt which it has been trained to accomplish through sets of conversations and ratings by human trainers. Although ‘intelligent’, it generates text solely based on the structure of text, it doesn’t understand concepts. In other words, what is generated could either be accurate or completely inaccurate or biased given the context. This also includes citations.

Am I able to use this tool in my coursework?

The use of any artifical intelligence, including ChatGPT for assignments or assessments may be in violation of the UVic Academic Integrity Policy if not used appropriately. If you have questions about ChatGPT, or other AI tools, please reach out to your instructor. Together, you can make sure that you are following UVic academic integrity guidelines.

Please note:

If your instructor allows you to use ChatGPT in class, you will be required to share how you have used this technology to support your work in a way that aligns with the course outline provided.


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