Welcome to Generative Artificial Intelligence: Practical Uses in Education, an OER produced by RRC Polytech. This resource aims to inform educators about how AI tools can be incorporated into course work to improve learning, how to teach students to use AI tools effectively and responsibly, and how AI tools can help instructional staff work more efficiently.

This resource’s content is focused on practical and productive uses for AI tools in education. One topic that is not covered is how the rapid rise of AI chatbots like ChatGPT has affected academic integrity and forced educators to rethink assignments, tests, and exams in order to ‘AI-proof’ assessment. Those topics have been expertly covered in many other resources. For more information about academic integrity and generative AI tools, consult your institution’s policies and guidelines as well as:

To learn about redesigning assessment with AI tools in mind, please visit:

The following table contains a brief description of each chapter’s content.

Chapter Name Content
1. What is Generative AI?
  • The origins and evolution of artificial intelligence.
  • The meaning of key terms like AI, generative AI, large language model, and machine learning.
  • The recent proliferation of new AI tools, and some ways they have impacted education.
2. Capabilities and Limitations
  • General capabilities and uses of generative AI tools.
  • Weaknesses and limitations of AI tools.
  • Benefits and drawbacks of AI tools in education.
3. Generative AI Tools for Education
  • Leading AI chatbots and their relative strengths and weaknesses.
  • Other applications that may be useful in education, like text-to-image and audio-to-video AI tools.
4. Setting Policy and Communicating Expectations
  • How institutional policies can promote responsible and ethical use of AI tools.
  • How instructional staff can create or co-create course AI policies that enhance learning.
  • How AI usage guidelines can be shared and reinforced along with each assignment.
  • How learning outcomes should be reconsidered now that powerful AI tools are widely available.
5. Supporting Students to Use AI Effectively
  • Learning how to use an AI tool through experimentation and research.
  • Evaluating and adapting AI outputs for real-world use.
  • Differentiating between ethical and unethical use of AI tools.
6. Using AI to Enhance Student Learning How AI tools can be used:

  • to tutor students;
  • to simulate real world tasks, from a salary negotiation to an engine overhaul;
  • to generate practice questions based on a topic or text;
  • to teach a concept using analogies or examples;
  • to help language learners build their vocabulary;
  • to support reading, research, and writing skills development.
7. Writing and Refining Prompts
  • Three strategies for supplying an AI tool with an initial prompt.
  • Adapting AI outputs for professional use through reprompting and human editing.
  • How tone and language affects AI outputs.
  • Ways to prompt AI tools to write in your voice.
8. Course Content Development
  • How AI tools can kickstart the course-planning process.
  • Ways that AI tools can generate multimedia content for course LMS or other materials.
9. Lesson Planning
  • How to prompt an AI tool to produce a draft lesson plan, and how to adapt it for classroom use.
  • How to use AI tools to brainstorm classroom activities.
10. Assessment and Rubric Development Using AI tools to:

  • assist with creating assessment questions based on supplied prompts or materials;
  • generate project topics and assessment scenarios;
  • help to develop rubrics.
11. Feedback and Grading
  • Using AI tools as a source of formative feedback.
  • How AI tools can assist with summative feedback.
  • Fun ways to use AI to make feedback more engaging.
12. Administrative Tasks Using AI tools to:

  • write first drafts of emails, agendas, templates, and other documents;
  • help staff manage large amounts of information to summarize, identify trends, or target a search.

We sincerely hope that this resource will allow readers to integrate AI into their teaching practice in a way that enhances student learning and trains students to work with current and emerging AI technologies.



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