Generative Artificial Intelligence

UBC’s approach to generative artificial intelligence tools in teaching and learning

UBC is taking a measured and balanced approach to the use of generative AI (GenAI) tools in teaching and learning, as these tools present both opportunities and risks. GenAI tools can have the potential to enrich learning, for example by supporting idea generation, studying, or writing  – with proper acknowledgement. Such tools can also, however, be used in ways that are detrimental to skills development, and some uses may be considered academic misconduct. It is also important to pay attention to other risks and ethical considerations, including copyright and intellectual property, accessibility, bias, and harmful outputs, to name a few.

Individual faculty members and program leads are the subject experts best placed to be able to determine if and how such tools are integrated into the curriculum, and it is important to clearly communicate these decisions and their rationale to students. At the same time, UBC is developing guidance to support ethical, intentional, and acknowledged use of GenAI in various areas, including teaching and learning.  

UBC resources on GenAI

Since the release of ChatGPT in November 2022, several resources have been developed across UBC:

The following flowchart was adapted from ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Quick Start Guide (UNESCO and UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2023). This chart does not replace the rules set for courses or programs on the use of generative AI tools. This flowchart was created in June 2023 and is currently being reviewed.

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