Principles for using generative artificial intelligence (AI)

Providing guidance for AI use in learning, teaching and assessment.

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms like ChatGPT create original content including text, images, audio and video. This technology allows computers to generate new information and creative artifacts, not just analyse data.

UWE Bristol is committed to harnessing the transformative potential of generative AI to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. We aim to support students and staff to become AI-literate, equipped to drive progress and innovation through the ethical use of these powerful technologies.

Aligned with our Strategy 2030, these principles provide guidance on utilising generative AI across educational provision at UWE Bristol while upholding our values of being ambitious, innovative, inclusive, collaborative, and enterprising.

We will collaborate to share knowledge, contribute to best practices, and foster inclusive AI ecosystems that enhance personalised, accessible learning and empower diverse communities.

These principles will continue to develop, as we continue to support all students to succeed.

1. Enhancing the student experience

1.1. We will be ambitious and use generative AI to enrich personalised learning and sharpen critical thinking.
1.2. We will leverage generative AI to make inclusive learning environments more accessible, creating opportunities for diverse communities to co-create.
1.3. We will empower students and staff to use AI in enterprising yet ethical ways, encouraging creativity and collaboration.
1.4. Recognising potential disparities in AI literacy, we will proactively address unequal access and skills gaps.
1.5. All students will have opportunities to meaningfully engage with generative AI during their studies.

2. Developing assessment and curricula

2.1. Students will be advised when and how it is permissible to use generative AI in assignments and assessments.
2.2. It is an academic offence to download material from the web and submit it as your own work or submit work created by using AI tools without appropriate acknowledgement.
2.3. Students guided to use AI should consult our referencing guide and study skills resources.
2.4. We recognise there will be diverse approaches to AI across our communities and at the level of specific assessments. Teams will be supported to agree an approach at programme level.
2.5. Teaching teams are empowered to develop innovative curricula and assessments that authentically integrate AI skills for their subject.
2.6. To uphold ethical principles, protect privacy and respect intellectual property rights, we will not submit student work to platforms unapproved by the University without the student's consent.
2.7. Policies, guidelines and detection tools will be regularly reviewed, considering generative AI's impact on teaching, learning and assessment.

3. Developing AI literacies

3.1. We are committed to upskilling our community to develop confidence and AI literacy through tailored training and resources focused on ethical use.
3.2. We will facilitate collaborative projects enabling staff and students to engage with AI, share best practices, and co-create literacy resources.
3.3. We acknowledge that outputs from generative AI can be of poor quality, contain false information and faulty citations. We will equip staff and students to critically analyse content and understand limitations.
3.4. We will provide development opportunities for staff to effectively evaluate and integrate AI tools into their work.
3.5. We will empower staff and students to recognise AI risks, biases against groups and challenge unethical usage.
3.6. We will collaborate with partners to exchange ideas and develop best practices around emerging AI technologies within teaching and learning.

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