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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly growing field that is changing the way we live, work and learn. The impact of AI is already being felt across a wide range of industries, and it is becoming increasingly important for educators and students to have a basic understanding of these tools. It is also important to stay informed about the latest developments in AI and how they can be applied to your research and teaching. With the wide range of AI tools available, there are many opportunities to explore and create new applications in this exciting field.

What is AI?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that deals with the creation of machines that can perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. AI has the ability to analyze and process vast amounts of data, and automate tasks that were previously performed by humans.

What can I do with AI?

With the currently available tools, you can use AI to create digital artwork, write text, edit and improve audio, find topic-based articles for research, and more.

CSUN Guidance on Artificial Intelligence

CSUN is happy to announce a collaborative effort to provide guidance to faculty as it pertains to academic integrity and artificial intelligence. A collaboration of colleagues from multiple offices generated an FAQ guiding document to support deans, chairs, and faculty with the new technology and the challenges it presents in the classroom.

The FAQ contains guidance on the following topics:

  1. What can faculty do to prepare ahead of the upcoming semester with AI in mind?
  2. If I do not permit the use of AI in my class, what should I do if I suspect a student used AI?
  3. Are third party detection tools acceptable to use?
  4. How accurate are AI detection scores?
  5. What is flagged in AI detection tools?
  6. What mitigation strategies can faculty employ? 

In addition, please feel free to access Faculty Development’s Teaching Toolkit on Canvas, where you can find suggestions for syllabus language related to Artificial Intelligence.  That document can be found here: https://canvas.csun.edu/courses/93131/pages/academic-integrity-section-overview.

AI Tools

From data analysis to Natural Language Processing (NPL), there is a wide range of AI tools that can help automate tasks, uncover new insights, and make more informed decisions. Some of the most innovative and exciting AI tools available today include ChatGPT, Chat BA, Elicit.org, and ExplainPaper. There is also a site that helps you find the right AI tool for you.

  1. ChatGPT: ChatGPT is an advanced conversational AI tool developed by OpenAI. This tool can generate natural language responses to text inputs, making it possible to create virtual assistants, chatbots, and other conversational interfaces. To sign up, watch the Sign Up for a ChatGPT Account video.

  2. Chat BA: An AI-powered virtual assistant that can be used to make slide decks.

  3. Elicit.org: This paid tool can be used for evaluating academic references such as authors, titles, abstracts, and citation data. Elicit currently works best for answering questions with empirical research (e.g. randomized controlled trials). These tend to be questions in biomedicine, social science, and economics. Questions like "What are the effects of ____ on ____?" tend to work best.

  4. ExplainPaper: This platform utilizes machine learning to condense scientific papers into a simplified and comprehensible format. It employs Natural Language Processing techniques to extract the insights and advancements outlined in the paper.

  5. Futuretools.io: This site collects and organizes many of the AI tools available. You can search by categories for different AI tasks.

AI and Higher Education

This list of articles from Educause, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and others further define and discuss AI in Higher Education.

AI Trainings & Workshops

This collection of recorded workshops give an overview of generative AI in higher education, as well as tools and resources for how to approach AI in the classroom.

  • ChatGPT and AI in Education - ChatGPT workshop to learn about the latest developments and how they can challenge and enhance your teaching practices
  • TurnItIn New AI Detection Capabilities -  As awareness of these tools grows so does the likelihood that students will use them for their assignments. As a response to this, one of the most frequent questions we have received in the past few months is “what can we do to find out if our students have used AI”? Our partners at TurnItIn released their new AI writing detecting tool in TurnItIn in April 2023.
  • ChatGPT and Plagiarism Detection Tools - In this ChatGPT workshop you will learn about the latest developments and the tools and techniques for detecting ChatGPT-created content

Classroom Policies for AI Generative Tools

The Classroom Policies for AI Generative Tools was created to facilitate the sharing of policies developed by other educators world-wide for navigating AI-generative tools like ChatGPT, MidJourney, Dall-E, and more, in order to assist fellow instructors in developing their own policies.

AI Resources for Faculty

Faculty Development has included AI-related resources to their Teaching Toolkit in the Academic Integrity section:

AI and Privacy

As with any online service, there are privacy concerns to consider when signing up for any AI tool. It's important to carefully review the terms of service and privacy policy of any AI tool you are considering using to ensure that you are comfortable with the data collection and usage practices.