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AI Literacy in the Age of ChatGPT

Faculty can use this guide to explore issues surrounding teaching and generative artificial intelligence

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A Guide for Instructors

This guide focuses on generative AI

We cover only AI that can generate text, images, video, music, or speech. Examples: ChatGPT, Gemini, Midjourney, Runway. 

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 But since new developments are happening so quickly, it's possible this may be out of date when you read it.

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.

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) from the 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


"AI Literacy in the Age of ChatGPT" by Nicole Hennig, University of Arizona Libraries is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

We are indebted to the University of Arizona Libraries upon which this guide is based.