Alright, so check this out, the University of Iowa sent out this survey on artificial intelligence to students and faculty. And they’re trying to get a sense of how AI is being used at the university. They asked about things like how much guidance instructors are giving to students when it comes to AI, and how both students and faculty feel about the use of AI.
They got separate surveys for students and faculty, each with a different purpose, and the whole thing was set up by this Academic AI committee. They want to gather input on how people at the university perceive AI.
The faculty survey is focusing on understanding how AI tools can support teaching, what AI tools they’re currently using or planning to use in their courses, and what resources would be most beneficial to them. And for the students, it’s all about the guidance and technologies they are receiving from their instructors regarding AI use in classes.
Now, one of the big goals here is to gather feedback that will help the university improve the guidance, tools, and resources they’re providing to students and instructors. They’re hoping the results can also help colleges, departments, and individual instructors find new ways to incorporate AI-related tools and technologies into their courses.
According to this Steven Fleagle guy, who’s the associate vice president and chief information officer of information technology Services, AI is basically the simulation of some aspects of human intelligence using natural language processing, computer vision, data science, and machine learning. And from the AI Committee’s interactions with students, it seems like the most common forms of AI being used are generative AI and code-development tools.
They’re really trying to get a better understanding of what tools are being used by students and what’s valuable to them. And the survey might just give some insights that can apply to other AI use cases and get included in the general guidance of the campus.
And get this, they’re using generative AI in the Tippie College of Business, like in their business communication class. They’re really trying to stress the importance of setting clear expectations with the class about how and when AI may be used.
So yeah, it seems like AI is really making its way into the academic and professional lives of students, and they need to understand how to utilize it in their future careers. And that’s where this Academic AI committee comes in, providing guidance on the positives and negatives of AI, guidelines for instructors, and secure and ethical guidelines for AI. Fleagle even said this technology is going to have a significant impact in the coming years, so it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.