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What is GenAI?

Generative artificial intelligence (Generative AI or GenAI) is a technology that has gained prominence in 2023. In simple terms, employing GenAI allows users to provide a prompt used to produce a human-like response. These tools have deep learning capabilities and can learn from and mimic large amounts of data to create content.  It is a game-changing technology that can create content, everything from text and images to immersive videos and 3D models. GenAI has the potential to revolutionize the way we work and play.

USF welcomes innovation and exploring the exciting possibilities of GenAI tools, but there are important considerations and Guidelines for the responsible use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at USF when using these tools, including information security and data privacy, compliance, copyright, and academic integrity.

Key Factors To Consider When Using GenAI



When creating prompts: DO NOT input any sensitive data that are PII/SPII, Internal, Confidential or Highly Confidential* *This includes (but not limited to) names, DOBs, email, home addresses, SSNs, identification numbers, passport numbers, personal health information, passwords, financial data, or intellectual property. Prioritize data privacy and security, ensure compliance with regulations, respect intellectual property rights, and maintain academic integrity. Be transparent about AI usage, fact-check generated content, and avoid creating harmful or misleading outputs. Stay informed about best practices and developments in AI to maximize its potential while minimizing risks. Stay informed about your School's evolving policies on generative AI usage by reviewing student and faculty handbooks. Your Instructors will communicate their expectations regarding the permitted use of AI tools in classes and academic work. If you have any questions or need clarification, don't hesitate to ask your instructors for guidance. Generative AI can sometimes produce false or incorrect information, known as "hallucinations," in a convincingly authoritative manner without expressing skepticism or providing fact-checking or citations. Even when prompted for sources, AI platforms may generate inaccurate references that appear. The results from generative AI should not be trusted entirely without verification and validation.

Getting Started

  1. Take this Linkedin Learning course to get started!
  2. Request for an ETS consultation to learn how to incorporate GenAI in the classroom (Recommended)
  3. Sign up for training with Instructional Technology and Training
  4. Join the ID Workshops on Generative AI Series on USF TEAch
  5. Join the USF Community Slack Workspace: #chatgpt-user-group

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