What is (generative) AI?

Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and GenAI tools have recently become a topic of much discussion. ChatGPT is the most obvious and well known example of such a GenAI tool. Based on prompts, it uses its so-called Large Language Model (LLM) to generate text. Two months after its launch in November 2022, it had already gained 100 million users, ensuring that it is the fastest growing application in history - faster even than TikTok (Hu, 2023).

The launch of ChatGPT has sparked a discussion on what the strengths, weaknesses, limitations, and opportunities of generative AI tools are and how we should approach them. This is a discussion that is especially relevant in education. Generative AI is here to stay. Our approach at WUR is to ensure we use GenAI tools mindfully and responsibly. These pages provide you with information on some GenAI tools, the Examining Boards’ rules regarding the use of AI in education, and our guidelines on responsible use.

Artificial intelligence (AI): “the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings” (Copeland, 2023)

Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI): subset of AI that have the ability to generate data (text, images, etc.)


If you have any AI-related questions, concerns, or comments after reading this information, there are several people you can approach. Contact your lecturer or course coordinator for questions about the use of AI in a specific course. With questions on AI in literature research, you can contact the library ([email protected]). For general questions, concerns or suggestions about the use of GenAI within the WUR, feel free to email us at [email protected]. We would like to hear what’s on your mind!