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How has ChatGPT Changed UNSW? 

As we hit the halfway point of the year, it seems appropriate to do some reflecting, and with ChatGPT here to stay it seems particularly appropriate for us to reflect & gather feedback on how (if at all) you’ve used or seen it integrated into your studies.    

Today, I’m reaching out to you, the students, to ask for your thoughts and insights into how you’ve seen ChatGPT used in and around your classes. Over the past year, we’ve seen some courses embrace the use of ChatGPT in some particularly exciting, innovative ways. We’ve also seen courses where it seems a bit useless; please feel free to prove us wrong!  

A brief overview of what we’ve gathered so far  

ChatGPT seems great for:   

  • Simplifying complex topics in real time   
  • Brainstorming and assessment planning   
  • Assessments where you’re asked to critique/improve ChatGPT’s output   
  • Helping draft emails to your lecturer/tutor when you know what to say but not how to say it    

ChatGPT seems to miss the mark a bit:   

  • When you straight up ask it to write an assignment  
  • When you need reliable information and/or references   
  • When you’re not at a stage of understanding where you can accurately fact-check the output if it gets something wrong   
  • When you ask it to write a short letter to Tharunka soliciting feedback on the use of generative AI at UNSW   

We want to know what you think! How has ChatGPT affected your learning? Has it helped you understand difficult subjects? What are some of the more creative uses you’ve found for it (as both a study tool and with assessments)? We also want to hear about any challenges you’ve faced.   

Understanding what works and what doesn’t is crucial when it comes to mapping out how we want UNSW to engage with this technology going forward.  

We also want to know what you’d like to see in the future. Are there specific subjects or courses where you think ChatGPT could be really useful? Have you got a cool idea that you think should be implemented? Please let us know!  

Your opinions matter, and go a long way to improving the UNSW student learning experience. Please take a few moments to fill out our anonymous survey here. We’re excited to hear what you have to say!