Using Generative AI as an Instructor

If you want to check your understanding of the Provisional Guidelines on Generative AI in Teaching and Learning, complete the self-assessment quiz below:

At McMaster, the Provisional Guidelines on Generative AI in Teaching and Learning ask that if you do use generative AI in your teaching materials or assessment practices that you share this with your students both in the course outline and in class. Sharing your use of generative AI with your students is intended to build trust and transparency, and to acknowledge that you are also using – and learning about – generative AI.

Those same Guidelines suggest that you can use generative AI with data collection turned off to provide students with formative feedback on assessments. Formative feedback is feedback that is not for grades, but rather gives students fast and specific advice on how to improve. Formative feedback from a generative AI tool might be given on an essay outline or draft, for instance, while you or the teaching assistant would be responsible for assessing and grading the final essay submission.

Finally, the Guidelines also ask that you check the accuracy of any AI-created content. Recognizing that these tools “hallucinate” – or come up with factually incorrect responses – it is important that you check the accuracy of any content you might use in class, or any feedback offered to a student.

With that said, here are some broad categories where generative AI may be useful to you as an instructor:

Generating Test Questions and Assignments

Generating Examples, Explanations and Counter Positions

Gathering Ideas for Class Activities and Assessments


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