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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Guide

This page discusses AI and its application at TAFE Queensland


What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

AI is a computer's ability to simulate and/or perform with human-like intelligence (Mintz & Brodie, 2019).

Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI) is the latest iteration in AI. Simply stated, this technology refers to the generation of text, code, images, music, and other outputs in response to requests (also known as prompts) by users (McKinsey and Company, 2023).

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT was developed by OpenAI and is currently one of the most well-known AI Tools.

ChatGPT is a type of AI known as a "Large Language model" (LLM). Bing Chat, Google Bard, and Midjourney are other examples of Large Language Models.

ChatGPT, Bing Chat, Google Bard, and other LLMs allow users to use natural language to generate (or prompt) responses to a wide variety of commands.

These AI systems can be prompted to generate:

  • text;
  • images;
  • music;
  • computer code;
  • video;
  • and other outputs.
Can I use AI in assessment?

Artificial Intelligence is permitted for use in formative assessment when directed by teachers and in the manner outlined by teachers. Formative assessment refers to assessment not used to calculate a final grade.

Artificial Intelligence Is NOT permitted to generate content for summative assessment but may be used in line with allowable assistance. Summative assessment refers to assessment which counts toward a final grade.

For more information on allowable assistance see our FAQ What is Allowable Assistance?

What is Allowable Assistance?

Allowable Assistance refers to use in planning and research and does not directly contribute to the drafting.

These uses include:

  • Concept/idea creation;
  • Collation of initial research information;
  • Formatting and structure recommendations;
  • Recommendations for further evaluation and research;
Where does the information I find in AI come from?

AI systems are 'trained' on a wide range of resources, including websites, books, articles, newspapers, and more.

How an AI uses this information to generate responses is not fully understood.

It is not clear who owns the information an AI has been trained on, or who owns the content an AI has generated. This creates risks for those using AI in academic and commercial settings.

How safe is my data?

AI tools may retain information submitted in a prompt. This information may then be made available to all users.

For students, it is recommended that you do not enter confidential or sensitive information when using AI tools. Do not enter TAFE Queensland training and assessment items into AI tools.

For staff, any adoption of AI technology must protect TAFE Queensland's intellectual property and ensure that private and confidential information is kept safe.

See Ten tips to stay safe online for more information about safeguarding your data.

What are the limitations of AI?

Although there are advantages in adopting AI, there are many current limitations that students and staff need to be aware of, including:

  • AI tools may provide incorrect, misleading, or biased content.
  • Content may be out of date, unsubstantiated, or unreferenced.
  • A lack of transparency on how the content is generated.
  • Potential breaches of intellectual property.
  • Misrepresentations of ownership.
Why should I learn about AI?

AI can be used to increase productivity and reduce workloads because it has the ability to automate everyday, time-consuming tasks, such as writing emails and taking notes.

Employers are increasingly seeking employees with digital literacy skills.

People with these skills translate into "job-ready" candidates.

AI Explained

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