University Libraries offers a workshop for students on generative artificial intelligence

University Libraries offers a workshop for students on generative artificial intelligence

University libraries emphasized the importance of fact-checking at a workshop on generative artificial intelligence on Tuesday.

The session, titled “Generative AI (ChatGPT): What Students Need to Know,” was to teach students strategies for effective use of generative AI while cautioning them against relying solely on the tool.

The session was part of a series of informational presentations about ChatGPT in the academic setting, which Northwestern librarians hope to present once every quarter. Librarians taught the first session of the series in November 2023, with the next session beginning this spring.

“I think the best way to approach (generative AI) in an academic setting is to be transparent about it, rather than any kind of prohibitive or punitive perspective to define the entire framework,” said librarian Frank Suess.

Librarians created the student-oriented program in response to a creative AI panel presented in August to faculty. At the panel discussion, one student expressed interest in the university providing an outlet to teach more students about generative AI, according to librarian Tracy Quinn.

At the workshop, librarian Janet Moss said that generative AI is a tool for generating words, not a source of information, and highlighted the risks of inaccuracy, outdated content, plagiarism, and privacy concerns.

To combat inaccuracy, Moss created a checklist for evaluating the content of generative AI: Find the source of the information, evaluate whether the purpose of the information is to educate, inform, or sell, and evaluate accuracy and bias within the data.

The session also guided students on how to employ Leo S. Lo effectively CLEAR Framework, which guides creative AI users on how to create effective claims. Prompts should be concise, logical, explicit, adaptable and reflective, according to the framework.

“Being (a) critical thinker is very important,” Quinn He said. “It is very important that everyone learns early in their lives that there is a large market for information and that there is a lot of fake news. You cannot abdicate your responsibility as a human being and a critical thinker.”

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