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Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI)

PolyU's Stance of Using Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI)

According to the Guidelines for Students on the Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence (Effective from 2022/23 Summer Term (April 2023), it mentioned below:

PolyU's Stance

"PolyU takes an open and forward-looking stance on the use of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tools (such as ChatGPT) as a positive and creative force in education, and the incorporation of such use in innovative learning, teaching, and assessment practices. While embracing the use of new technology in education, PolyU upholds the principle that students must adhere to high standards of academic integrity in all forms of assessments. The Student Code of Conduct and the policy on academic integrity apply to the use of GenAI in student work."

GenAI Related Guides and Informations

Tips for using GenAI Tools

What is Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI)?

According to Google Generative AI – Google AI, "Now, generative AI can also help us create new content. Generative AI builds on existing technologies, like large language models (LLMs) which are trained on large amounts of text and learn to predict the next word in a sentence." Other than creating new text, Generative AI tools can also generate images, audio, videos, or other media in response to prompts.


Guidelines for using GenAI

As a PolyU student, it's important to use generative AI tools critically, ethically and wisely. These tools are still evolving, and they can sometimes produce inaccurate or misleading information.

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

✔ Use GenAI for brainstorming and generating ideas. ❌ Do NOT rely solely on AI-generated content as the source of information. Always verify and cross-reference.
Check for factual accuracy of AI-generated content before using it. ❌ Do NOT ask GenAI software to write your essays or academic assignments.
Use AI-generated content in conjunction with other sources to ensure your work is reliable and well-informed. ❌ Do NOT input any personal details or confidential information when using GenAI tools to maintain data security and privacy.
Include any assistance from GenAI tools in your reference list.  



The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. (2023, June 27). Guidelines for Students on the Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence.

Keep the "CRAP" questions in mind as you analyze your AI-generated information or other types of information! Try now!

Using CRAP for evaluating the information

To ensure the reliability of the information obtained through AI or other sources, consider applying the "CRAP" test, a useful way for evaluating credibility. Basically ask yourself questions on whether your source is current, relevant, authoritative, and accurate.

It is important to be aware of the limitations of AI tools and to use them in conjunction with other reliable sources of information. They can sometimes produce inaccurate or misleading information. Be aware of the biases of the tools!


Comparison of Popular Generative AI Tools (Chatbot)

Criteria Microsoft Copilot Google Gemini POE AI OpenAI - ChatGPT ANTHROP\C's Claude
Access Requirements Microsoft personal account and Edge browser/mobile app Google personal account in supported regions Any email address Free to use in supported regions Any email address in supported regions
Features An AI-powered assistant that combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with your data in the Microsoft Graph An AI chatbot that lets users collaborate with generative AI. A platform that lets users talk to AI chatbots powered by different language models An AI assistant that lets users get instant answers, find creative inspiration, and learn something new. An AI assistant developed by Anthropic that performs cognitive tasks, analyzes images, generates code, and processes multiple languages.
Language Models Used Customized GPT-4, Prometheus Model Google Gemini (Gemini 1.0 Pro, Gemini 1.5 Pro, Gemini 1.0 Advanced) ChatGPT, GPT-4o, Claude, Gemini, Llama, and more GPT-3.5, GPT-4 Model Claude 3 model family (in ascending order of capability: Claude 3 Haiku, Claude 3 Sonnet, and Claude 3 Opus)
Access to Internet Information Yes Yes No Limited Access when using OpenAI plugins No


*Please note that the information provided in this table is based on the current situation as of June 2024, and is subject to change. We recommend referring to the official page of the tools for the most up-to-date information.

More useful AI tools for research staff and students are listed below:

1. For searching
2. For reading and compreheading
3. For organizing and writing
4. For presenting and publishing
5. Others