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AI Literacy in the Age of ChatGPT: A Guide for Instructors

A guide for instructors

This guide focuses on generative AI. It only covers AI that can generate text, images, video, music, or speech. Examples: ChatGPT, Microsoft Copilot, Gemini, Perplexity, Adobe Firefly, Midjourney, Eleven Labs, and more.

Students may be interested in the AI Guide for Students.

Last updated on June 2024.

We aim to keep this guide up to date. But since new developments are happening so quickly, it's possible this may be out of date when you read it.


New to generative AI?

If you are new to the practice of using generative AI tools like ChatGPT, these short videos provide a useful introduction.

Practical AI for Instructors and Students (10 to 12 minutes each)
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Learn more with tutorials

Brief tutorials from the University of Arizona Libraries. Total time to complete all four, approximately 30-40 minutes.

  1. The technology behind ChatGPT
  2. How does ChatGPT aim to prevent harmful use?
  3. What is generative AI?
  4. Using ChatGPT effectively

ChatGPT can be a useful tool when it comes to deciding what your topic should be for a research paper. We've created this guide for use with students.

What is AI literacy?

AI literacy is the ability to:

  • critically evaluate AI technologies
  • communicate and collaborate effectively with AI
  • use AI as a tool, online, at home, and in the workplace.

From a 2020 paper, by Long and Magerko, who synthesized a variety of interdisciplinary literature into a set of core competencies.