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TLA and the new AI kid on the HE block: discussing implications at SU
Author: Dalene Joubert
Published: 17/02/2023

TLA and the new AI kid on the HE block: discussing implications at SU

Parts of this article were written by ChatGPT.

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have opened up new possibilities and conversations about teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) in the sphere of higher education (HE).

The use and application of AI in HE has the potential to shape the learning experience and outcomes for students significantly; therefore, it should also change the way in which teaching academics approach TLA. The most talked-about AI tool currently is ChatGPT, a state-of-the-art language model developed by OpenAI. ChatGPT utilizes transformer-based deep-learning techniques to generate contextually relevant and coherent responses to questions that have been formulated in natural language. This technology has several potential applications in HE, including question-answering, personalised learning, automated grading and interactive learning. Thus traditional teaching and assessment methods will have to be revised and reconsidered to ensure and enhance student learning.

The Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement (DLTE) has a new website and compiled a discussion document about AI and TLA at SU. It not only explains our approach to TLA, but also includes some useful articles for further reading. Access the discussion document here.  An infographic to share is also available.

One of the best ways to adapt and reconsider TLA at this stage is to consider incorporating elements of the flipped learning model, like the flipped classroom, into teaching and learning practices. This approach involves students engaging with course content outside of the classroom while the more difficult aspects of learning, like the application of theory to practice, are covered during face-to-face contact sessions. AI like ChatGPT could even be leveraged to create a powerful and engaging learning experience for students.

The DLTE are hosting online lunch hour discussions about AI in HE. Discussion topics include what AI is and why we need to take note of its increasing relevance in the field of education. We address concerns about the impact of ChatGPT. Do bring your questions, thoughts and ideas to the discussions.  Recordings and information about previous sessions are available here.

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