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ISEP (International Student Entry): AI Chatbots

For English as a Second Language Learners and Faculty.

AI Chatbots

Since the launch of ChatGPT on Nov. 30, 2022 there has been an explosion of interest in the software. Artificial Intelligence chatbots are computer programs that analyze patterns in massive sets of text data to determine what word comes next in any given sentence. They can generate human-like responses to user requests; including generating intelligible essays on any subject. However, they tend to invent facts and are fallible. AI chatbots are here to stay and are only getting better. Only time will tell how they will impact higher education.

On this page you will find a small collection of popular and scholarly articles about AI chatbots.

This BCIT resource: “An Introduction to Generative AI Tools”  is intended to:

  • orient faculty to the generative AI tools currently out
  • provide examples of how they could possibly be used to enhance teaching, learning, and assessment
  • touch on ethics of these tools, including privacy
  • provide example course policy, APA citation style (this is changing!), and acknowledgements
  • organize a comprehensive list of resources




Generative AI Tools

There are hundreds of tools out there for use. In using them you are helping to train the tools and contributing data. It is likely that many of the tools that are free now will be subscription-based in the near future. A good way to learn is to try things out and question the results; fact check! And always cite properly.

Government Guidelines

Outlines the “FASTER” principles:

  • Fair: ensure that content from these tools does not include or amplify biases and that it complies with human rights, accessibility, and procedural and substantive fairness obligations
  • Accountable: take responsibility for the content generated by these tools. This includes making sure it is factual, legal, ethical, and compliant with the terms of use
  • Secure: ensure that the infrastructure and tools are appropriate for the security classification of the information and that privacy and personal information are protected
  • Transparent: identify content that has been produced using generative AI; notify users that they are interacting with an AI tool; document decisions and be able to provide explanations if tools are used to support decision-making
  • Educated: learn about the strengths, limitations and responsible use of the tools; learn how to create effective prompts and to identify potential weaknesses in the outputs
  • Relevant: make sure the use of generative AI tools supports user and organizational needs and contributes to improved outcomes for Canadians; identify appropriate tools for the task; AI tools aren’t the best choice in every situation

Blog posts

Resources from Academic Institutions