What is Generative AI?

Generative AI is a type of artificial intelligence that involves creating machines or computer programs that can generate new content, such as images, text, or music. Unlike traditional AI systems that rely on predefined rules or pre-existing data to make decisions, generative AI models use algorithms and neural networks to learn patterns and relationships in data and generate new outputs based on that learning.

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KPU’s Official Position

In consultation with the Privacy office, The Teaching and Learning Commons and Office of the Provost have been reviewing the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), specifically ChatGPT for use in KPU learning environments. Its use is currently under review for other business purposes, please await direction before proceeding outside of learning environments.

The decision to use or permit student use of generative AI tools in their course lies with the faculty member provided the use falls within the parameters provided in these guidelines. Please note, requiring students to create an account with these tools is not permitted, such use requires a full privacy impact assessment. Given the constantly evolving nature of this technology, we have determined that applying principles to our approach is the best way to move forward. A number of risk areas have been identified where we should be cautious with our use, see the guidance page here. We recognize for many of you that your concerns relate to the confounding impact generative AI might have on academic integrity, questions related to this should be directed to academic.integrity@kpu.ca as they are nuanced and the enclosed guidelines may not provide the direction you are seeking.

Generative AI companies collect personal information from the time that a user visits the site to their completion of using their services. KPU cannot compel students to consent to their sensitive personal information being stored, accessed or disclosed outside Canada. Instructors have the option of using generative AI to engage with students in a learning environment without requiring students to set up individual accounts and without asking students to input or provide identifiable personal information when using generative AI. Privacy Impact Assessments for generative AI are only required if KPU is intending to require, recommend or encourage the use of generative AI in a manner that requires users to set up individual accounts or input identifiable personal information into the service. If you are unsure, please submit a support request by emailing tlcommons@kpu.ca and the necessary parties will be consulted to provide relevant guidance.

Generative AI – Overview for Teaching and Learning

Download the full text document outlining KPU’s position, general features and considerations of Generative AI, and the guidelines of use you should be aware of when using Generative AI for Teaching and Learning .


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