UBC's approach to generative artificial intelligence tools in teaching and learning
UBC is taking a measured and balanced approach to the use of generative AI (GenAI) tools in teaching and learning, as these tools present both opportunities and risks. GenAI tools can have the potential to enrich learning, for example by supporting idea generation, studying, or writing – with proper acknowledgement. Such tools can also, however, be used in ways that are detrimental to skills development, and some uses may be considered academic misconduct. It is also important to pay attention to other risks and ethical considerations, including copyright and intellectual property, accessibility, bias, and harmful outputs, to name a few.
Individual faculty members and program leads are the subject experts best placed to be able to determine if and how such tools are integrated into the curriculum, and it is important to clearly communicate these decisions and their rationale to students. At the same time, UBC is developing guidance to support ethical, intentional, and acknowledged use of GenAI in various areas, including teaching and learning.
UBC resources on GenAI
Since the release of ChatGPT in November 2022, several resources have been developed across UBC:
- The CTLT has developed a new website to support faculty and staff with the use of Generative Artificial Intelligence in delivery of their teaching and learning.
- The Academic Integrity website has sample language on incorporating information on Generative Artificial Intelligence in your syllabus, as well as an FAQ on ChatGPT for students and faculty members to outline various approaches.
- UBC’s Generative AI Steering Committee has created a website to support faculty, staff and students in responsible generative AI use.
UBC has established a generative AI Steering Committee which, along with a teaching and learning subcommittee, will be working with faculty, students, central support units and others to develop additional resources, recommendations and guidelines around the use of GenAI in teaching and learning in the coming months. We will update this page with further resources when they are ready. In the meantime, instructors can consult the resources listed above for information, or direct more specific questions about the use of GenAI in their courses to their Head or Director.