Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence and awareness in machines that are programmed to think, judge, respond, and mimic humans and their actions (Frakenfield, 2022). It is commonly used by people to describe any piece of technology that mimics human learning and problem solving skills.
The term is used to describe everything from finding the best route on Google Maps, self-driving cars, algorithms to display a list in a certain order on a website or in a social media app, and facial recognition software to unlock a smart phone. It is part of our everyday lives, at work, in university and at home. Developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have progressed at an incredible rate, and are predicted to impact many areas of society, including education in the coming years.
One such development is the emergence of generative artificial intelligence (AI). AI systems that are generative have the ability to produce text, images, or other forms of media in response to prompts. A prompt (or prompt engineering) is the command or instruction you enter into a generative AI system to create a desired output - for example, a piece of written text or an image relating to a particular topic, idea, person, and so on.
This guide will help students and staff explore a range of generative AI technologies and consider how these technologies might affect their teaching and learning practice.
The University of South Wales (USW) is committed to leveraging generative AI for the benefit of students and staff, and promotes the fair, ethical, professional, and responsible use of generative AI tools.
The University is committed to preparing our students for an increasingly AI-enabled future and acknowledges digital fluency as a key USW graduate attribute.
For more information see the USW AI position statement.
We're committed to supporting students and staff to develop their information literacy skills.
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