Generative AI

ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications are altering the landscape of teaching and learning.

CTLM is curating information and resources from across UW–Madison to help instructors navigate this rapidly developing area of teaching and learning. Please contact us if you have questions, comments or additions!

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Updates and FAQ

  • Explore the current campus landscape for AI tools

    UW–Madison is currently focusing on four generative AI providers to support research, instruction, and campus operations – “currently” being an especially important word, as this technology continues to change rapidly.

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When will Microsoft Copilot be available to UW–Madison students?

We expect it to be available sometime this spring but do not yet have a date.

How does Microsoft Copilot compare to ChatGPT?

These tools have some similarities and some differences, including:

  • Sources of information: Microsoft Copilot (available at no cost to UW–Madison faculty and staff) and ChatGPT 4.0 (which requires a paid monthly subscription) use the same large language model to generate responses. Copilot also uses the Bing search engine to respond to prompts and provides web-linked citations for sources it finds via search.
  • Data security: Data entered by users into ChatGPT and many other AI tools is not private; it is stored by the tool and used to train it. When UW–Madison users are logged in to Copilot with their NetID, Copilot does not store any information that is entered and does not use it to train the tool. This provides greater privacy and data security.
  • Entering large amounts of text: ChatGPT 4.0 allows individuals to upload documents. Copilot does not currently allow document uploads; a “notebook” feature is being introduced that allows the entry of about 10 pages of text.

I’d like students to enter information into an AI tool as part of my course – is Copilot a better tool to use?

Yes, because of the data security mentioned above.

I’ve heard some instructors are creating their own chatbots (based on all of their course materials) to answer students’ questions about course material. Can we access this technology “out of the box”?

There is currently not a campus-supported tool for this although some instructors are doing it independently. UW–Madison is exploring potential tools for this.

How do I evaluate whether an instructional use of AI is good or not? If I don’t use AI in my course, am I going to be left in the dust? Can we talk about the deeper pedagogical issues posed by AI?

These are great questions! We plan to delve more deeply into topics like this at future Coffee & Copilot sessions March 8 and April 26. Please continue sharing your questions!

Coffee & Copilot

Copilot is Microsoft’s generative artificial intelligence (AI) platform, now available to UW–Madison faculty and staff with plans to expand to students later this semester.

As you explore generative AI in teaching, please join us for “Coffee and Copilot.” This series of informal Friday gatherings is an opportunity to ask questions, hear from campus colleagues, and share your own experiences.

No registration required – drop in at any point in each session. Bring a laptop – we’ll provide coffee, tea, and snacks.

Friday, March 8 | 1-2 p.m. | Memorial Union.  Add to calendar

Friday, April 26 | 1-2 p.m. | Memorial Union.  Add to calendar

In case you missed it...

Check out slide decks and other information from recent campus events.

Teaching Academy Winter Retreat: AI Tools and Teaching

Access the slide deck, which includes a wide range of examples from UW–Madison instructors using generative AI. The retreat was held in February 2024.

Teaching at UW: Generative AI Opportunities and Challenges

These workshops were held in October and November 2023. You can access slides, participant guides, and other resources: