Launches at Canterbury Christ Church University on Thursday 14th September
We have entered a new age of Artificial Intelligence: the age of GenAI.
Universities are drivers of knowledge creation and the development of future knowledge workers. At the launch of our staff guidance on the use of AI, we shared our visions, exploratory work, forthcoming courses, research news and taster workshops in an afternoon of knowledge exchange across the university.
An Educative Approach
Our staff guidance on using GenAI at CCCU is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching-enhancement/docs/Generative-Artificial-Intelligence-AI-Guidance-for-Staff.pdf
What is GenAI?
GenAI – or more fully, Generative AI – refers to AIs that generate a new response for each user’s request. The GenAI application that is engaging everyone’s attention is a new AI chatbot which can create a conversation – by ‘chatting’ with the user – in what is argued to be natural (humanlike) language. In this conversation the user ‘prompts’ the chatbot with questions, instructions and chitchat. The AI’s response addresses the question and it also mirrors the style of the user – which makes this kind of interaction different to interacting with a search engine.
Alongside policies about how to use GenAI across our Academic Framework, CCCU is conducting research into ways to use GenAI more creatively, compassionately and wisely. Our research is distinctive because it draws together experts from multiple disciplines. To find out more about CCCU’s research into the value of interdisciplinary epistemic insight now that we have access to GenAI – please see this media announcement:
AI open lecture and debate at CCCU on 14th Sep 23
The video below offers some edited highlights from an open lecture and panel discussion that marked the launch of Canterbury Christ Church’s new Educative Approach to GenAI.
Working Paper on ‘AI Times’ – A New Inter-Disciplinary Journal Exploring the Future of Higher Education in the Age of GenAI
Fast track to Prompt Engineering: An Online Seminar for Brunel University
In this talk at Brunel University I discussed prompt engineering which is the art of crafting questions and instructions to get the best output from a generative AI system.