Artificial Intelligence (AI) Resources For Learning

The current generation of students uses technology as an integral part of their daily activities. As an educational institution, we focus on providing students with the best learning experience possible. As a professor, you can make a difference by teaching your students the importance of learning, decision-making, creativity and positive impact. To support your efforts, we have compiled a list of AI Q&A and tools that can assist you in promoting teaching, learning, and integrity in the classroom.

Click the links below to learn more about each tool and start integrating AI into your learning today. Please use these tools with the understanding that these tools are NOT 100% perfect or accurate! 
Important: most tools require registration for a free-trial, some are paid-only and others are free.  However, be advised that this may change over time. 

Latest Updates:  Fastbots.ai, Gencraft.com, Caracther.ai, Claude.ai, gptforwork.com, CustomGPT.ai, Perplexity.ai, gpte.ai, Chatbot Arena.

AI Q & A

What do I need to know about AI?

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is software designed to emulate human Intelligence. However, it surpasses human capabilities in speed and volume of knowledge. In simpler terms, an AI chatbot, like ChatGPT, can generate, summarize, analyze, interpret, answer questions about large amounts of text while keeping context. Furthermore, it could also find insights, relationships, and even predict outcomes. All these in a fraction of the time a human could. In practical terms, ChatGPT can generate entire papers on multiple topics based on student's prompts.

What can AI tools do?

There is a wide range of capabilities, some of the most common are:
- Respond to questions and prompts about multiple topics.
- Synthesize and index information - write entire multi-page papers.
- Write and debug code. 
- Write poems, tell jokes and stories, compose songs. 
- Create images, etc.

What are some limitations of AI tools?

AI generative models are constantly learning and evolving, but as of today, some limitations are:
- AI models, like ChatGPT, have data up to September 2021, making it incapable of answering questions about recent events.
- Integrate current research into text.
- References to other publications tend to be fake or misleading. 
- Some answers are completely made up or wrong.
 - Authoritative tone of answers make them look like they are correct - but they may not be.
- It can generate biased answers.
- it could generate difference answers to same questions.

What are the ethical considerations in a higher-ed context?

The distinction between ethical and unethical use of AI is a gray area. Some pundits consider using AI unacceptable. Others consider it acceptable if AI assists you in enhancing your performance; however, if AI completely replaces your role, it signifies crossing the ethical boundary. Every professor would decide wether or not is acceptable to use ChatGPT in class and under what circumstances.

How will AI tools affect the courses I teach?

As mentioned earlier, the influence can be positive and negative. If students leverage various AI models to enhance their learning process, they may acquire knowledge more efficiently. However, if they rely on AI to do the work on their behalf, they might achieve high grades without genuinely understanding the subject matter. Nonetheless, this approach could have consequences in the long run, and we may need to wait a few years until these current students enter the real world to observe their performance. Faculty should evaluate their courses and identify areas in which the content should be revised to make it less prone to ChatGPT use. While there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, a useful criterion for designing assignments could involve anticipating and asking the AI to complete the tasks intended for the class. If the AI can effortlessly handle the assignment on its own, it might warrant a reassessment. On the other hand, if the AI faces difficulties in resolving the task, it suggests that the assignment possesses sufficient depth and complexity.

How are students using AI tools?

AI exhibits remarkable versatility as students employ it for diverse tasks, from providing specific answers to crafting lengthy papers. Some argue that rather than prohibiting AI usage, the approach should involve promoting its integration into the course. This could be achieved by introducing students to the various beneficial AI models relevant to the class and setting clear guidelines distinguishing acceptable use from violations.

What about detecting work done with generative AI like ChatGPT?

Although many AI detection tools exist, their accuracy is still questionable. When evaluated externally, these tools have proven to have a high false positive rate, meaning that it is not something that we can rely on as a faculty. 

AI Text Generators and Assistants

Use these resources to generate text, ask questions, brainstorm ideas, etc. You can generate text for emails, social media posts, presentations, papers, blogs, etc. Recommended as an addition to your personal resources for curiosity, research, or even in class as a literature research, or critical thinking exercise.

  • ChatGPT: a chatbot developed by OpenAI. It generates textual responses to questions and prompts, including ideas, songs, poems, script plays, complete and thoughtful essays, etc. * Recommended
  • Perplexity.ai: an AI large language model powered search engine - provides accurate and informative answers.
  • Google Bard: Google answer to ChatGPT.
  • Bing Chat: Microsoft ChatGPT powered search engine. Requires Microsoft Edge (Win/Mac)
  • Claude.ai: A next-generation AI assistant by Anthrop\c.. 
  • Openai Playground: The original training ground for natural language modeling, provides many models.
  • You.com: a search engine, but it also includes a chat feature to get AI generate answers.
  • Jasper.ai: paid service (free trial) to write short essays for blogs, websites, ads, social media, etc.
  • Copy.ai: an advanced text content generator writing tool with templates for emails, social media, product, blogs, etc.
  • Rytr.me: AI writing assistant that creates high-quality content (cover letters, emails, pitches, business ideas, interview questions, SEO meta descriptions, tag lines, video ideas, song lyrics, etc.) 
  • Fundwriter.ai: AI tool that helps you write grant proposals, emails, articles, social media, etc. 
  • Fastbots.ai: Easily create powerful AI chatbots using your own data.
  • Cody: AI tool to easily create bots to answer questions about your business; organize documents in libraries. [video]. * Recommended
  • CustomGPT.ai: Create your own chat bot with your business content. Very customizable and secure. * Recommended
  • Humata: ask anything about a pdf document. For example, upload a pdf paper (<=20 pages) and then, aks questions and Humata will analyze the document and answer in plain english! 
  • Chatpdf: talk to your pdf document (<=50 pages) as it were a human with perfect understaning of the content.
  • ChatBot Arena: Ever wonder who is the best generative AI model? This website maintains a leader board of most generative large language models. You will be surprised of the amount a variety of generative language models.
  • Grammarly: grammar and syntax checker that includes a "Plagiarism" tool. It checks against public web content mainly. * Recommended
  • Character.ai: A AI tool that allows to talk to historic characters. The tool help users create characters and have human-like conversations in real time.   
  • Quillbot: AI-powered writing assistant with grammar, spell checker, paraphraser, summarizer and translator capabilities. 
  • GPTE.ai: An extensive directory of all types of AI tools and services.
  • gptforwork.com: An Excel add-in that brings ChatGPT to your spreadsheet! * Recommended

AI Text Generator Detectors

Use these resources to check if a paragraph, essay or paper was partially or entirely generated by AI, 

  • AI Detector: AI generated text detector tool. It detects when text is likely to be generated by AI. * Recommended
  • GPTZero: AI generated text detector tool. Provides detailed measurements of originality. * Recommended
  • AI Content Detector: It estimates the percentage of human-generated content in text. 
  • Duplichecker: not an AI tool per se, but it provides many capabilities: plagiarism checker, paraphrasing text, grammar checker, word counter, reserve image search, text-to-speech, image tools, etc. The main drawback is that it has too many ads.

AI for Audio, Video, Picture and Art

Use these resources to create art. For example you can create logos, line-art, full color pictures, videos, etc. Create multiple profile pictures with various backgrounds and themes. Other tools allows you to enhance audio recordings by removing background noises, mouth sounds, etc. Some tools allows you to create royalty-free background music or break a long video into small videos. 

  • MidJourney: a very sophisticated AI image generator using stable diffusion to create realistic art. * Recommended
    See sample: Avatar  -  Carlos-LineArt-Realistic-Based-on-Picture
    • MidJourney Resources: use these resources to learn how to use creative prompts in MidJourney
      Gallery: A gallery of recent creations with the prompts used - requires paid subscription to see full prompts 
      Cheat Codes: A list of keyword prompts with sample outputs. 
  • Lexica.art: Advanced AI image generator using stable diffusion to create realistic art. The advantage of this one is that you can see the prompts used to create the images. Excellent tool for learning how to create advanced prompts. * Recommended
    See samples: Sample 1  -  Sample 2
     
  • Gencraft.com: a very good picture/video generative AI tool. 
  • Bing Image Creator - Powered by DALL-E. 
  • ProfilePicMaker: Create awesome profile pictures for free! Upload your photo, and it creates multiple versions.
    See samples: Original   Version 1   Version 2   Version 3   Version 4
  • D-ID: AI tool that generates photorealistic videos by combining images with text. See videos:   * Recommended
    Introduction video with Avatar . Avatar was created with MidJourney. Added script and generated the video.
    Introduction video with picture and recorded audio. Uploaded picture and used Cleanvoice.ai to clean the audio recording. 
  • Colossyan.ai: creates videos using AI actors and your script, multiple templates. Great tool. Free trial.
    See samples: sample 1, sample 2, sample 3.
  • HeyGen (Movio.ai): upload a picture and a text script; it animates your face to speak the script. Great tool. Free trial.
    See a sample here. I uploaded the picture and a script and the service created the video automatically; really cool!!
  • Oxolo: enter the URL for your website and it will crawl your web pages and create a promo video automatically! 
    See sample video here. I entered our Jones College of Business Lab URL and generated the video in 5 minutes.
  • Vidyo.ai: it creates short videos from long videos automatically - free trial (75 minutes) 
  • Cleanvoice.ai: paid service, automatically remove background noise, dead air, mouth sounds, filler words, stuttering, etc.  * Recommended
  • Adobe Enhance Speech: Remove noise from voice recordings with AI. Log in with your MT Adobe credentials. * Recommended
  • Adobe Firefly (beta): generative text-to-image, fill, text effects, recolor, 3D to image, etc. 
  • Beatoven.ai: free tool to create royalty-free background music tracks for your social media posts! 
  • ImageToText.io: Extract text from an image. Just drop an image and It will extract all the text for you to copy and paste. This is more an OCR tool but it is very useful, in particular when you get an email invitation that is an image instead of text!  

ChatGPT Curriculum Resources

Use this resource to get ideas about language about syllabus, policies, etc.

Articles About ChatGPT in Higher Education

Various articles about how to integrate ChatGPT in your classes, projects, etc. How to design assignments, manage students, etc. 

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