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Examples of AI in education

Licensing Options for Generative AI

(note: last updated 10th May 2024 – see here for the update history.) We are getting a lot of questions about licensing options for generative AI tools, so we thought it would be useful to summarise the current situation.  It’s fair to say that things are still moving quickly,  and there are a fair number […]

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Advice and Guidance

Navigating Excel with a Gen AI Tutor

We are often asked about how we integrate AI into our everyday tasks and how it helps us to work more efficiently. While generative AI serves various purposes, one helpful function we’ve discovered is its assistance in navigating Microsoft Excel, whether that be providing step by step guidance on formulas or describing complex tasks. For […]

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Advice and Guidance

A Generative AI Primer

Publishing an intro to generative AI is a challenge as things are moving so quickly.  However, we think things have now settled down enough for us to bring together information in a single place, to create a short primer.  This blog post will be updated as needed, and we have also produced a version as […]

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Advice and Guidance

Exploring the GPT Store

Two months ago, OpenAI announced the launch of GPT’s (Generative Pre-trained Transformers), custom versions of ChatGPT powered by its text- and image-generating AI models (e.g. GPT 4 & Dalle 3).  These tools allow users to combine skills, instructions and knowledge to perform most tasks within the limitations of a large language model. We covered the […]

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How-To Guides

Empowering Educators by Harnessing Generative AI Tools: How to use ChatGPT

A series of guides part 2 of 4 In this second chapter of the Empowering Educators by Harnessing Generative AI Tools: A series of guides, we build upon our introductory post where we looked at how to prompt. If you have not done so already, we’d recommend reading our first blog post Part 1 of […]

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Advice and Guidance

How To Guide: GPTs 

How To Guide: GPTs Following on from OpenAI’s Dev Day we wanted to showcase one of the major announcements from the conference, the introduction of GPTs. GPTs are custom versions of ChatGPT that allow you to combine skills, instructions, and knowledge to perform most tasks that you could want, within the limitations of a large […]

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Advice and Guidance

Navigating the terms and conditions of generative AI

The discussion around the use of generative AI tools in education is ongoing. With more institutions looking to implement these tools in classrooms and lecture theatres we wanted to investigate their user agreements. We have focused on two key questions to answer for now – whether the tool has an age requirement and whether the […]

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Advice and Guidance

AI Detection – Latest Recommendations

We’ve had a few member institutions contact us to ask for updated advice on AI detection software. This includes asking about recommendations for alternatives to Turnitin, so we thought it would be useful to produce some updated information. First, the information in our previous blog post ‘AI writing detectors – concepts and considerations’ still holds, […]

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Student perceptions

Student Forums 2023: Exploring the Significance of Generative AI for Students

Recently, we organised five discussion forums for tertiary education students, on Generative AI. Our aim was to understand how students are currently using this technology and explore its potential impact on their learning experience. To ensure a broad range of perspectives, we conducted both online and face-to-face sessions, allowing students to engage and express their […]

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Product Pilots

Reflections and outcomes from our chatbot pilots

Introduction We’ve just finished our extended chatbot pilots, started in 2022, in collaboration with Bolton College.  A lot has changed in the world of chatbots since we started, particularly with the release of ChatGPT.  We think a lot more is going to change over the next year as well. The chatbot pilots were well received, […]