What is ChatGPT? How should it be used in academia? These are questions facing higher education institutions this spring, and UNC Charlotte is no exception.
Much discussion is occurring around the academic usage and integrity of text-based generative AI tools such as ChatGPT, a new chatbot software that can explain ideas and concepts and generate convincing, human-like, though often oversimplified and sometimes inaccurate, written text.
One thing is for sure, AI tools are here to stay, which is exciting. And they will rapidly evolve in the coming months and years. UNC Charlotte has no plans to holistically restrict the use of ChatGPT or other generative AI tools.
“AI tools provide unlimited potential here at Charlotte, as we rely on innovation and collaboration to solve problems through engagement and research,” said Provost Alicia L. Bertone. “As Academic Affairs leaders and colleagues, we will work together to consider the impacts this new technology can have on the classes we teach and the students we serve.”
While the use of AI tools such as ChatGPT may be helpful in creating study guides, flash cards, outlines and other learning resources, student learning, knowledge and outcomes remain paramount to Charlotte as North Carolina’s urban research university. Using AI tools, such as ChatGPT, without permission from the course’s instructor to complete an exam, assignment or academic exercise may be considered a violation of the Code of Student Academic Integrity if the faculty member has identified that it is not allowed.
“This will not be the last technology to have important implications on teaching and learning at Charlotte,” said Bertone. “As higher education leaders and professionals, it is our job to encourage Charlotte students to use AI tools responsibly.”
The Division of Academic Affairs has compiled resources for faculty and students to help them navigate ChatGPT and AI tools. Faculty are also being encouraged to include language in their syllabi addressing the use of these evolving technologies.
AI Resources for Faculty
- Suggested syllabus language
- Faculty guides for using AI to support student learning
- How to start a conversation about suspected academic misconduct
- Code of Student Academic Integrity
- Center for Teaching and Learning workshops
AI Resources for Students