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Developed and maintained by the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic (AVPA), this website is a collection of information and resources for those who teach at the University of Waterloo.

Content is drawn from a variety of sources, including the Centre for Teaching Excellence; the Centre for Extended Learning; the Writing and Communication Centre; the Academic Integrity Office; the Office of Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement; the Office of Teaching Assessment Processes; the Library; Instructional Technology and Media Services; the Registrar's Office; the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism; and the Office of Indigenous Relations.


The Instructional Programs and Practices project team, led by co-leads Diana Skrzydlo (Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Mathematics) and Donna Ellis (Director of the Centre for Teaching Excellence), will have a broad mix of representation from across the campus and is currently seeking expressions of interest from faculty members from all faculties.

Monday, April 10, 2023

AVPA memo: Turnitin and AI

Turnitin released an artificial intelligence detection tool on April 4, and it went live at Waterloo on April 6. The tool has been trained on GPT 3 and GPT 3.5 (which includes ChatGPT) and Turnitin claims that it has impressive accuracy.

Instructors who use Turnitin will start receiving an AI detection score (entirely independently generated from Originality score) as part of its Similarity report. The report on artificial intelligence will only be visible to instructors and administrators, and only from within the Originality report. Of course, if you do not have a statement in your course outline notifying students that you will be using Turnitin you will not have access to these reports (because Turnitin is not activated for your course).