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Getting stared with generative AI


Generative AI tools are changing our understanding of teaching and learning. Inevitably, the exciting opportunities we may identify seem outweighed by the many daunting challenges. We offer these resources as part of important and necessary community discussions on the impact and use of generative AI tools in teaching and learning at Boston University. We will continue to add to the resources as our collective understanding of the field grows.


In the meantime, let’s recognize some of the opportunities that generative AI tools present us with. For example, they may help us:

  • redefine learning, including the modes, processes, and products of learning
  • reimagine assessment in relation to the varieties of ways students may demonstrate their learning
  • learn new skills, for education and the workplace


The challenges are also anxiety-inducing and require us to thoughtfully consider how to navigate the following issues:

  • redesigning assignments and assessment tasks with generative AI in mind
  • reimagining the way we teach as a result of course design changes
  • considering how AI use and academic integrity intersect
  • developing our own AI-literacy and skillset as our students become quickly adept
  • understanding issues of privacy and intellectual property rights related to generative AI use
  • understanding bias, accessibility, and equity questions related to generative AI use

As our community works together to become more AI-literate, we look forward to supporting colleagues as well as working alongside you to expand our collective knowledge about AI and teaching and learning. Please let us know what resources, training, and other support would be helpful to you by contacting us at

Last updated: August 18, 2023