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Artificial Intelligence for Educators

NDSU offers resources and programs related to Artificial Intelligence for educators. They provide training and workshops aimed at integrating AI into educational practices, helping educators understand AI's role in the classroom and its impact on teaching and learning.


Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of machines or applications to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. This page introduces the fundamentals of Generative AI (a subset of AI) to educators and provides strategies on how to use it in the classroom.

Getting Started

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education is not a novel concept, AI technologies have been quietly shaping our daily lives for years before the recent surge in attention. Applications such as spam filters in email inboxes, GPS navigation systems, Siri, Alexa, and Grammarly are all powered by AI. Advances in Large Language Models (LLMs), models trained on large amounts of text data, have transformed how we interact with and utilize Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI a subset of AI) like ChatGPT, CoPilot, and Gemini.

GenAI, a natural language model, can generate human-like responses in the form of text, images, graphics, videos, or music. These new capabilities are already impacting teaching and learning, many see this as a benefit, though some instructors have expressed concerns regarding academic integrity and the appropriate use of GenAI.

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Best Practices

  • State your GenAI usage expectations and be transparent: In your course syllabus, be upfront with your students about using GenAI in course activities, assignments, and assessments. Explain its capabilities and limitations, emphasizing that it's a tool, not a replacement for human thought and creativity.
  • Integrate GenAI thoughtfully: Select tools that align with your learning objectives. Pedagogy First, Technology Second The learners and the learning process should be at the center of decision-making when incorporating GenAI.
  • Integrate GenAI as a tool, not a replacement: Use GenAI to enhance your teaching methods rather than replace traditional practices. For example, use GenAI to help you generate ideas for activities like scenarios, authentic assessments, and simulations to promote engagement.
  • Teach critical evaluation skills: Help students develop the ability to assess GenAI-generated content critically. Educate students about the ethical use, fact-checking, and verifying information, and emphasize the importance of originality and proper citation. Encourage students to use AI content as a learning aid rather than a shortcut.
  • Maintain human interaction: Balance the use of GenAI with meaningful human interaction. The value of personal engagement, mentorship, and collaborative learning should remain central to the educational experience.

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KeywordsAI for educators, Artificial intelligence, AI in NDSU, ndsu AI   Doc ID138300
OwnerSharley K.GroupIT Knowledge Base
Created2024-07-09 12:23:49Updated2024-07-11 11:01:37
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