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Generative AI and Information Literacy: Overview

Guide information and SSU Center for Teaching and Innovation Resources

This guide was created after attending the SSU Center for Teaching and Innovation FPLC on AI in Fall 2023. This FPLC was led by Dr. James McGrath. 

SSU Center for Teaching and Innovation Resources for ChatGPT and Teaching in the Age of AI

CTI Guidance on Course Policies for Using AI 

Generative AI

Generative AI

Generative AI is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that uses machine learning algorithms to produce or remix content based on prompts inputted by the user. It is a rapidly evolving technology that impacts the way we create content and solve problems. Some well-known tools include the text generators ChatGPT, Google's Gemini, Microsoft CoPilot, and the image generators DALL-E 2 and Midjourney.

When you are using these tools, it is important to think critically and evaluate the reliability, accuracy and context of the content generated. Below are some pros and cons to consider.

Opportunities

Generative AI tools can help you with:

  • Brainstorming, editing, improving grammar, sentence construction and other language elements
  • Summarizing information like your class or research notes
  • Generating practice or quiz questions for exam preparation
  • Translating text into different languages
  • Providing stimulus or generate ideas that you extend and develop
  • Organizing your study time

Limitations & concerns

Generative AI tools and their output:

  • Are based on a limited and an unknown set of data
  • Can be generic and lack true understanding of the content area
  • Generate false information (referred to as hallucinations)
  • Don't provide citations for the information they give you
  • Include biased information and reproduce errors in their sources

More on evaluation
More on ethical considerations

Attribution The content of this box was adapted from Using generative AI, created by Deakin Library, licensed by CC BY NC 4.0.

An Introduction for AI Tools for Educators - Cornell University Center for Teaching and Learning

PEW Research Center AI

Kennedy, B, Tyson, A., and Saks, E. (2023). Public awareness of artificial intelligence in everyday activities. Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2023/02/15/public-awareness-of-artificial-intelligence-in-everyday-activities/

Image Generating AI Tools

Introduction to generative AI

 

Need an introduction to the basics of generative artificial intelligence?

 

Watch Massachusetts Library System's Librarian Jane Stimpson's 30-minute video series that covers how it works, how to use it, limitations, and concerns. Jane has given permission to use her materials and resources on this LibGuide. 

 

Video 1: Introduction 

Video 2: How it works 

Video 3: Use cases and prompts

Video 4: Limitations

Video 5: Ethical and legal concerns

Video 6: Conclusion

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