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Fresno State sets task force in motion to explore uses of artificial intelligence

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Fresno State has officially set a task force in motion to combat AI. A survey was sent to students through email and after completing it they will be entered to win a $25 gift card to the Kennel Bookstore.

The use of artificial intelligence in higher education has skyrocketed in recent years, with some studies concluding that up to 56% of college students have used AI for class in some capacity.

Described as computer systems and software able to perform tasks that require human intelligence, there is a plethora of uses for AI in a university setting. These range from personalized learning for students in the classroom to the ability to artificially generate content for assignments or exams.

In response to the influx of students utilizing this advancing technology, the Fresno State AI Task Force was created during the 2023-24 academic year with the intention of exploring its uses on campus for employees of the university and students.

“The charge is to define how we responsibly leverage AI in ways that are ethical, align with existing university policies and create guidelines for action,” the website states.

The task force consists of more than 45 faculty members and is divided into six respective subcommittees in charge of areas such as work integrity, classified data and assistance in academic research.

Each subcommittee is focused on its respective initiatives and publishes semesterly reports detailing goals and progress made in achieving them. Despite the diversity in subjects, each group’s intention is to utilize AI in a way that aligns with university policy.

One of the largest initiatives brought forward by the task force is a survey that was sent in a campus-wide email.

The form was originally sent out to students on Tuesday, March 5 with reminder emails following weekly. Upon completion, the task force is entering students into a raffle giving away 30 respective $25 gift cards to the Kennel Bookstore.

The questionnaire primarily focuses on students’ familiarity with AI, their perception of it and its use in higher education.

The end of the survey also mentions popular AI programs like ChatGPT and Adobe Firefly, asking students how often they use these programs and if they plan to use them in the future.

Aside from the ongoing survey, the task force also plans to host various open forums and focus groups to better understand student concerns and questions about the topic. The questions asked during these events will be taken into account and focused on as subjects of subcommittee meetings.

There are multiple resources readily available to students on campus, one being a guide for AI use intended to aid students and prevent trouble with it in the future.

The Office of Innovation and and Digital Excellence for Academic Success has also begun hosting spring AI workshops. The next upcoming event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 from 1-3 p.m.

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