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ChatGPT and generative AI – Message from VP(T&L)

Message from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Dear colleagues and students

Just a quick message to acknowledge the many hundreds of attendees at CETL’s March 1 and March 8 workshops on ChatGPT and generative AI. We really appreciate the campus-wide engagement with this step change in T&L. Special thanks to Professor Susan Bridges, Dr Cecilia Chan and Mr Donn Gonda, all from CETL, for guiding us through the key issues.

Our short-term policy will remain in place until the end of this academic year in August. That imposes no restrictions on the use teachers make of ChatGPT and generative AI in their classrooms. It requires students to secure written permission from their teachers if they wish to use such tools for HKU coursework.

We’re committed to developing and publicizing a long-term policy by the start of the new academic year in September. Midway through the process, we will organize lunchtime discussion forums on each of the five Wednesdays in May: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Each will address a different aspect of the challenges facing us. Each will be held in RRS321 at 1-2pm. We will announce further details nearer the time.

Meanwhile, our task force will start work in the next couple of weeks. If you’d like to contribute to policy development in this critical sphere, please drop me a line by the end of next week (Friday 17 March):

Thanks again and best wishes — Ian