You know, man, generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools are something else. I mean, they have the potential to totally transform our world, you know? They can do all sorts of crazy things like drafting stories, explaining quantum physics in simple terms, creating music, coding computer programs, and even making art. And get this, they do it by using data from the entire internet to respond to prompts, man. It’s wild.
Now, when these tools first became available last fall, it got a lot of instructors wondering about the originality of their students’ work, man. But here’s the thing, the University of Miami doesn’t want to freak out about this new technology. Instead, they want faculty members to embrace it and use it in their classes to prepare students for the future, you know.
Kathi Kern, the University’s vice provost for educational innovation, she’s all about it. She says, “We’re in a sandbox moment, so let’s dip our toes in and be part of that conversation.” And she’s right, man. We don’t even know all the ways this technology might reshape our work, our culture, and our education.
So, faculty members at the University of Miami are already experimenting with how to incorporate generative AI into their classes. Computer science instructors in the College of Arts and Sciences are having students create code using generative AI, and then they discuss whether it’s accurate and how it can be improved. Marketing courses at the Miami Herbert Business School are testing the strength of AI tools to generate campaign pitches. And the Frost School of Music is using it to analyze and compose music. It’s all happening, man.
But you gotta be careful, man. These tools aren’t foolproof. Sometimes they give you inaccurate results, and they can’t even tell the difference between fact and fiction. Plus, those free AI tools, they collect personal data from everyone using them. That’s why the University recommends using software that doesn’t collect personal info.
You know, with a tool like ChatGPT, you never know what they’re doing with your data. But there are alternatives, like Bing Chat Enterprise, that keep your data private. It’s all about finding a more secure way to use AI, man.
Now, there’s a bunch of cool stuff you can do with these AI tools, man. Like, some students used image generating tools to create illustrations of abstract topics. And that’s just scratching the surface, you know. We can teach students how to use these tools right now, and make our assessments of student learning more authentic, less task-oriented. It’s all about teaching critical thinking and analysis, so students can evaluate the output of generative AI for themselves.
But hold on, there’s some guidelines, man. The University wants to make sure students and faculty are using generative AI responsibly. They’re saying, don’t put personal info into these tools, and don’t use AI detection tools for assessments because they can make errors and unfairly target non-English speakers. We gotta be careful, man.
But don’t worry, the University of Miami is all about collaboration and learning. They’ve got resources and events for students and faculty to learn more about using AI in education. They’re making sure everyone’s in on the conversation, man. And that’s what it’s all about.