April 24, 2024

Using AI in teaching and learning

The University of Konstanz has launched a website focused on “AI tools in the context of teaching, learning and examinations” – a collection of guidance and resources on Artificial Intelligence and its sensible and responsible application in education.

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly the widespread availability of Large Language Models (LLMs) such as GPT-4, is having a profound impact on the education sector. As this technology is here to stay and rapidly evolving, it is crucial for educators to explore generative AI tools and their implementation in teaching. At the same time, they need to be aware of the technology’s limitations and pitfalls. The same is true for students who want to use AI to assist them in their learning.

To aid its members in informed decision-making, the University of Konstanz has established a website offering resources and guidance on AI in teaching. Targeting both teaching staff and students, the website’s content was developed by an internal working group consisting of members of the university’s departments, the Office for Curricular Affairs, the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM), Academic Staff Development and the Writing Centre as well as lecturers with experience in the use of AI tools in teaching.

There is no black or white
The website presents a balanced perspective on the use of AI in education, arguing that neither a total ban nor unrestricted use of AI is typically advisable. Therefore, the website does not contain any prescriptions, but rather encourages visitors to reflect on different educational applications of AI in the context of their own discipline – as very different scenarios may arise for different subjects.

It is therefore crucial to distinguish, in any given context, between the tasks that students should perform themselves and those that could be outsourced to AI tools. In addition, teachers and students alike need to cultivate AI competencies and understand the benefits and risks of AI in order to use its outputs responsibly, taking into account academic, ethical, and legal standards. The website is intended to help with this.

For information, contact: “AI in teaching” team, University of Konstanz


Photocredit: © Patrick Doodt/ University of Konstanz

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