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Guidance for teachers in five steps

Generative AI tools have quickly gained a significant role in higher education, and all teachers need to adapt their teaching to the situation to some extent. Wondering where to start? On this page, you will find guidance in five steps.

Step 1: Explore

The first thing you need to do is use a generative AI tool if you haven't already. This will give you an idea of the tools' capabilities. For example, you can try the text-based tool called ChatGPT. Input task questions and see the results generated. Chat GPT is free but you an account to use the program. If you do not want to create an account you can try the tool Perplexity instead. 

ChatGPT –

Perplexity –

On the Techonline page, you can find lists of more GAI tools that can be used in higher education. These different tools can, among other things, restructure text, review grammar, or convert audio to text. 

List of GAI tools –

Step 2: Educate Yourself

Step two is to educate yourself about the tools. Find out what's happening in your subject area nationally and internationally. How are the tools being used there, and what does it mean for research and teaching? Also, find out if there is a policy for GAI tools within your institution or faculty. If you can't find any information about this online, you can contact your program director or associate dean.

Feel free to participate in any of the webinars on GAI that you can find in the Calendar. You can also check out the videos available on the Videos on GAI in Teaching page, and take the Canvas course Generative AI-tools in education at LU. 

Videos on GAI in Teaching

The Canvas course Generative AI-tools in education at LU (in english) 

Step 3: Review Learning Objectives

After exploring and learning about the tools, you need to review the students' learning objectives in your course or program. For example, if it's essential for your students to develop writing skills, it may be necessary to clarify how and possibly prohibit the use of GAI tools. If it's crucial for your students to learn how to use GAI tools because they will be essential in your field, it may need to be included in the learning objectives.

Use the template below to design a policy for GAI tool usage in your courses or programs.

The editable sample policies for departments and students (Word, 24 kB)

If you need support from other teachers, there is also a forum for sharing experiences on Teams.

Teams channel GAI Tools and Teaching at LU –

Step 4: Inform Your Students

Once you have reviewed learning objectives and made decisions about the use of GAI tools in teaching, you must inform your students. Be clear about whether and, if so, how students can use GAI tools in their work, and specify which tools are approved for use. It is also important to inform students about the consequences of unauthorized use of GAI tools:

  • Getting feedback on something you didn't produce yourself is rarely developmental and takes time from staff and peers.
  • Improving texts with GAI can hinder the development of one's own writing competence.
  • Misleading or cheating with the help of GAI can lead to warnings or suspensions.

Feel free to advise your students to read the text below.

Four things all students should know about generative AI-tools –

Step 5: Test and Evaluate

With new teaching techniques, it is wise to first test on a small scale and then evaluate. For a semester, for example, you can forbid GAI tools in examinations but try using them in the classroom for specific tasks. Then, evaluate with your students and colleagues, and consider whether you want to use the tools more extensively in the future.

If you want examples of how GAI tools can be used in teaching, you can check out one of the following pages.

Generative AI for Improved Learning (in Swedish) –

Positive uses for ChatGPT in the higher education classroom –

In the start of 2023 a working group was formed to discuss the use of GAI-tools in education. You can find the working group's report below.

Working group on AI tools Report April 2023 (PDF)

Photo of staff member Rachel Forsyth.

Contact us

Do you have questions about GAI tools in education?

Email Rachel Forsyth: digital [at] education [dot] lu [dot] se (digital[at]education[dot]lu[dot]se)