FAQs - Chat GPT at the University of Waterloo

This information will evolve as ChatGPT and other generative AI tools evolve (Last Update: Feb 10, 2023)

In November 2022, OpenAI released a free preview of ChatGPT, a highly advanced chatbot that uses predictive text to string words together in a way that emulates human conversational patterns. While generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools are not new, the quality of responses generated by ChatGPT surpasses prior AI-based writing tools, sparking debate in the higher education community about its use in teaching and learning. Many questions centre around academic integrity, and effective uses of such tools. At Waterloo we know that innovations in technology often produce innovations in teaching and learning, and this new development is no exception.  

For support with Chat GPT and other generative AI:

Course and assignment redesign

CTE Liaisons

Online course and assignment redesign

CEL’s Agile Development Team

Designing writing assignments in the context of Chat GPT and similar  AI

Writing and Communication Centre

Centre for Teaching Excellence

Strategies to encourage students to work with integrity

Office of Academic Integrity

Citational practices for ChatGPT and similar technologies Library


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