AI recommendations at Leuphana

2023-11-02 Since the end of 2022 at the latest, the influence of artificial intelligence has also been directly tangible in the university context. The release of ChatGPT 3.5 has unleashed a wave of various AI tools that are not limited to text-generating applications, but can already be used multimodally in addition to image, video and voice generators and whose range of functions is almost impossible to keep track of. In the educational context, these changes offer considerable potential for the further development and future orientation of teaching. At the same time, there are risks and uncertainties regarding the effects on the acquisition of skills ("deskilling") and in the examination context

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Leuphana addressed this topic at an early stage and created a website entitled "Artificial intelligence in teaching" with information on didactic scenarios, information events and other helpful links. In addition to this service, there was a university-wide need for orientation in the area of examination law for students and lecturers at Leuphana. The deans of studies of the five faculties therefore commissioned a working group consisting of the teaching service, student service, ombudsperson, writing center and AStA to develop recommendations for the use of AI applications in teaching and examinations and to coordinate them with the legal department.

The result of the intensive work process is now theconditions and recommendations for the use of AI-based applications in teaching and examinations published at the beginning of the winter semester 2023/24. On this website, you will find general information on the independence and mandatory labeling of AI applications as well as templates for the regulation of AI use in courses and examinations that can be adapted to suit the learning objective.

In order to further stimulate awareness and dialog on this trend-setting topic, this year's Teaching Day on November 22, 2023 will also be dedicated to artificial intelligence in studies and teaching. We are very pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart, Vice President for Teaching and Studies at HU Berlin, with his keynote speech "Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education? On ChatGPT and other forms of artificial intelligence in education".

Prof. Dr. Pinkwart will also take part in a panel discussion together with Prof. Dr. Judith Simon from the University of Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Simone Abels and Prof. Dr. Henrik von Wehrden from Leuphana as well as AStA representative Finn Augustin, who was also involved in the above-mentioned working group.

In addition, you can look forward to various stands and test stations throughout the entire Teaching Day, where you can test AI tools in the context of studying and teaching and get into conversation with each other. Further information and the opportunity to register can be found on the Teaching Day 2023 website.