You have probably heard quite a bit of discussion in the media about artificial intelligence (AI for short). It is an amazing tool that can have potential applications in many fields, including study.
The Oxford Dictionary defines Artificial Intelligence (AI) as "the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision making, and translation between languages." AI is not new - you may have used Siri, Alexa, Google Maps, Netflix - all of these applications use AI technology. Generative AI is a particular type of Artificial Intelligence technology that can create various types of content in the form of images, text, audio and more - unlike traditional AI systems that are designed simply to recognise patterns and make predictions. This form of technology includes AI chatbots, such as Chat GPT and is progressing at a rapid rate. Examples include:
When used ethically, AI can improve and help you with your learning at TAFE SA. On this page we provide some basic information to help you understand what AI is and how you can use it appropriately in your studies.
Watch this video for a useful overview of what Generative AI is all about:
Academic integrity means being honest and ethical in your academic work. It means doing your own work, not copying from others, giving credit to the sources you used in your work and following rules and guidelines set by TAFE SA.
Taking shortcuts may seem like you are saving on time, but it can prevent you from fully understanding and learning important information. If you have a feeling that something is not right, or that you might be skipping important steps, trust your instincts. Take the time to fully comprehend and learn a concept rather than rushing through it.
At TAFE SA we are still learning how AI can work for all. If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to ask. You can be a part of the positive changes by being involved!
The following sections provide guidance to help make informed decisions regarding using AI at TAFE SA in your studies (click on each heading to expand the information.) Please note AI technology is moving very rapidly and the information provided on this page is subject to change.
Remember to always fact check, and cross check information provided by AI tools.
The use of generative AI tools in assessment is not supported by TAFE SA.
Knowing how to research independently is a key skill. AI can provide a starting point, but you must do additional research. You must cite any AI assistance in your reference list..
Remember there are various support services available to you as a TAFE SA student.
AI can encourage you to make your work better but, you must take the next steps. You must cite any AI assistance in your reference list.
By reading information and taking notes, you are more likely to retain knowledge. You must cite any AI assistance in your reference list.
Knowing how to summarise and paraphrase ideas are key skills.
It is important that you remember to
TAFE SA is using plagiarism checking tools to keep track with AI capabilities and where students are using AI to shortcut their work. To avoid accidentally plagiarising, it is a good idea to use software like Microsoft Editor, Turnitin or Grammarly to check your work for similarities to other sources.
When you are unsure, speak with your educator or course coordinator as they are best placed to advise you on how to use AI in your learning. Connect with the Library to assist you with referencing and fact checking. Refer to the TAFE SA Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures for guidance.
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