One of the best things you can do to engage with GenAI in teaching and learning is simply to talk to your students.
The more you can set clear expectations and cultivate trust, the more likely you’ll be to a clear path together through what can feel like uncharted territory.
Talking with and teaching your students how to interface with technology—whether that’s GenAI or another form of technology–is foundational to a teaching practice that will prepare students for the literacies they will need in their future, whether inside or outside of the classroom.
Zones of Engagement
Providing students with clear zones of engagement with AI encourages them to adopt a mindset around engagement with AI that is context-dependent, teaching them that their interface with this– and any– technology is dynamic and requires flexibility in its appropriate use.
The following visuals that indicates how faculty might provide students with shared language and visual cues for the engagement with AI they should bring to any particular assignment or assessment.
These icons were inspired by Lance Cummings in his article “Setting Default Constraints for Creative AI in the Classroom.
If you’re interested in piloting versions of this guide in your course, please reach out to CDIL for more information.
Faculty Example: Rita Owens, Business Communications
Rita Owens, Senior Lecturer of Business Law and Society in the Carroll School of Management, in collaboration with her colleague, Lance Cummings developed a method for clarifying expectations around her students’ engagement with AI for her class.
To read more about how Prof. Owens used the icons above in her course, see Guideposts to Learning with AI