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Generative AI in Higher Education

Key information

Subject area:

FutureLearn Online Courses

Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Credit level:

Not for credit


2 Weeks

Available course dates:

From: 09 October 2023 To: 31 August 2024

Course overview

This self-paced online short course is designed for anyone with an interest in Higher Education (HE). With rapid developments in generative AI (epitomised by ChatGPT), it is clear there are significant implications for students, as well as academic and professional services staff.

At the beginning, initial flurries of interest centred on threats to academic integrity. Now it is clear that there are many challenges, but also considerable opportunities to improve how teaching, learning, assessment and feedback happen in HE.

At the same time, the jobs that HE students are preparing for are also changing. Not everyone can have in-depth expertise in AI, but we all need to have a degree of awareness and a platform for evolving a new literacy. The course takes participants through some foundational concepts, through to some of the big debates and issues, and then on to the applications of generative AI to teaching, learning and assessment practices.

Finally, it considers some of the key implications for employability in a rapidly changing job landscape.

What does this course cover?

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Grasping the basics of AI and generative AI
  2. Identifying capabilities and limitations
  3. Ethics, access and sustainability
  4. AI in teaching and learning
  5. Understanding AI in assessment and evaluation
  6. AI and its impact on employment and society

What will I achieve?

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Summarise how artificial intelligence and generative AI work, emulate human intelligence, and create novel content
  2. Describe the key capabilities, limitations, challenges and opportunities of generative AI in higher education teaching, learning, feedback and assessment
  3. Discuss the importance of considering social, ethical, inclusivity and sustainability dimensions while utilising generative AI in education
  4. Explain the influence of generative AI on the employment landscape, including the emergence of new job roles, and the implications for disciplinary curricula of changing skill requirements.

Who will I learn with?

Martin Compton

Martin Compton

College Lead for AI and Innovation in Education and Programme, Module & Assessment Design Lead

Charlotte Haberstroh

Charlotte Haberstroh

Lecturer in Education

Oguz A. Acar

Oguz A. Acar

Professor of Marketing & Innovation

Who is this for?

This course is relevant to a general audience with an interest in Higher Education (HE), including educators, professional services staff, management, policy-makers, and students.

It will also be of interest to educators across all sectors.

How will I be assessed?

This course is not assessed externally, but there are self-checking activities and plenty of opportunities to discuss and to compare your thinking with others.

Further information

If you are a King's member of staff, please sign in via this link to get unlimited access to the course. Use your King’s email address to sign-in and create a Future Learn account, and follow the instructions given to you.

Course status:

Places available

Full fee £0