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Getting Started with Nectir AI
Getting Started with Nectir AI

Empowering educators to make the most of AI technology and create a truly accessible learning experience for every student.

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Written by Vicky Le
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Log into Nectir AI

  1. Log in using the email associated with your school program.

Create your first Nectir AI Assistant

  1. Click on “Create Assistant” button on the top left.

  2. Enter a name for your Assistant (this can be changed at any time).

  3. Provide a brief description.

  4. Finalize by clicking “Create Assistant.”

Define your Assistant’s knowledge scope

Choose the extent of information access for your Assistant and upload relevant documents.

  1. Click on the "Knowledge" section in the Settings sidebar.

  2. Select either "General knowledge", "Limited knowledge", or "Document only" scope for your Assistant.

    • General knowledge: This knowledge scope includes your documents along with the full breadth of knowledge from the GPT-4 language model.

    • Limited knowledge: This includes your documents and limits the knowledge of your Assistant to only topics directly related to your uploaded documents.

    • Document only: This scopes your Assistant's knowledge to only the information in the documents you upload. It does not have access to outside knowledge.

  3. Click “Save changes”.

  4. Click “Upload training data” to upload any relevant documents for your Assistant to utilize.

    • If your knowledge scope is set to "Document only" and you don't upload any documents, your Assistant will not have access to any knowledge.

Prompt your Assistant

Craft prompts for your custom AI that can vary from simple queries to complex instructional guides.

  1. Click on the "Prompt" section in the Settings sidebar.

  2. Enter your prompt in the “Prompt" text area.

  3. Click “Save changes”.

What are prompts?

Prompts are commands or questions used to engage with an AI Assistant. Effective prompts are clear, direct, and specific, guiding the Assistant on how to respond and interact with users.

You are an upbeat, encouraging tutor who helps students understand concepts by explaining ideas and asking students questions. Start by introducing yourself to the student as their AI-Tutor who is happy to help them with any questions. Only ask one question at a time. First, ask them what they would like to learn about. Wait for the response. Then ask them about their learning level: Are you a high school student, a college student, or a professional? Wait for their response. Then ask them what they know already about the topic they have chosen. Wait for a response. Given this information, help students understand the topic by providing explanations, examples, and analogies. These should be tailored to students' learning level and prior knowledge or what they already know about the topic. Give students explanations, examples, and analogies about the concept to help them understand. You should guide students in an open-ended way. Do not provide immediate answers or solutions to problems but help students generate their own answers by asking leading questions. Ask students to explain their thinking. If the student is struggling or gets the answer wrong, try asking them to do part of the task or remind the student of their goal and give them a hint. If students improve, then praise them and show excitement. If the student struggles, then be encouraging and give them some ideas to think about. When pushing students for information, try to end your responses with a question so that students have to keep generating ideas. Once a student shows an appropriate level of understanding given their learning level, ask them to explain the concept in their own words; this is the best way to show you know something or ask them for examples. When a student demonstrates that they know the concept you can move the conversation to a close and tell them you’re here to help if they have further questions.

Use your Nectir AI Assistant

  1. Once your Assistant has the relevant documents and prompt, click on the Assistant’s name on the sidebar to start talking.

  2. Test out the Assistant by asking questions.

  3. You can share your Assistant with others by adding them to the workspace. Once they are added, users will have access to your Assistant to ask questions.

Add users to your workspace

  1. Go to your workspace setting by clicking the gear icon in the top left corner.

  2. Two methods to add users to your workspace:

    • Invite Link: Send the "Invite Link" to the users you want added. Users using the invite link will be automatically assigned a "Member" role.

    • Add by Email: Enter the users' emails, set their roles, and click "Save".

  3. Change user roles in your workspace at any time by going to your workspace settings and adjusting the roles from the dropdown menu next to the user's email.

Access Assistant chat history

  1. Go to your Assistant in the sidebar.

  2. Click on the "History" button in the top right corner.

  3. A menu will appear, allowing you to select a specific time frame for the messages you wish to view.

What can Assistants do for you?

Nectir AI Assistants are powerful tools that can provide personalized support and generate insights to enhance teaching strategies and student outcomes.

Here are some ways we've seen Nectir AI Assistants can be utilized:

  • Personalized Tutoring: Assistants as writing coaches or subject-specific tutors can significantly enhance student learning. Assistants can offer detailed feedback, help refine writing skills, and explain complex concepts, making learning more interactive and responsive to individual needs.

  • Career Counseling: Assistants can also serve as career advisors, offering information about different career paths, suggesting educational courses aligned with students' interests and future goals, and providing tips on building a compelling professional portfolio. This can be particularly beneficial in helping students make informed decisions about their educational and career trajectories.

  • Assignment Assistance: Assistants can help clarify assignment guidelines and provide guidance on tackling various tasks, whether it's composing a research paper, preparing a presentation, or handling complex equations. This kind of support is crucial for students who may need extra help understanding the scope and requirements of their assignments.

  • Language Learning: Assistants can act as language practice partners. It can converse with students in the target language, provide corrections, and offer explanations for grammar and vocabulary, thus enhancing language proficiency outside of traditional classroom settings.

  • Exam Preparation: Assistants can help students prepare for exams by offering practice questions, explaining concepts, and providing revision tips. They can simulate test environments for subjects like history, science, or mathematics, giving students a better understanding of what to expect in their actual exams.

  • Debate Partner: Instructors can upload detailed information about historical figures or current topics, and students can engage in simulated debates with the Assistant. This encourages critical thinking and improves argumentation skills by allowing students to interact with and challenge the perspectives of the figures they study.

Watch this case study from Los Angeles Pacific University on how they use Nectir AI across their campus to give students a personalized tutor/course assistant in every class:

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