Artificial intelligence (AI) tools provide features that can be used to improve research and education. But when using these technologies there are a number of things to consider, for example ethical use and integrity. Such considerations might affect how AI tools are used or perhaps need to be limited in situations like examination.

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One type of tool that recently has gotten a lot of attention is generative AI, for example ChatGPT, that can be used to generate text for student assignments amongst other things. It works by analysing large quantities of data and recognize patterns in the language which enables the production of cohesive and relevant texts based on input (prompts).

Beyond generating text there are are services that can help with

  • Literature searches,
  • Summarising content,
  • Spelling, grammar, phrasing and structure,
  • Finalising or improving already written text,
  • Identifying patterns in data sets,
  • Visualising data,
  • More or less automating the entire text production in essay writing.

Overall, AI tools provide students, teachers and researchers with opportunities to improve the quality of their work and promote learning. At the same time, there are obvious difficulties in measuring and documenting, assessing and examining, and evaluating student learning in a situation where it is unclear which tasks have been solved by students themselves and which by AI tools.

Responding to AI in examinations

According to BRJU, the examiner is responsible for the examination of a course or module. This also includes which tools are allowed and not allowed. However, it is important to keep in mind that a generated text usually cannot be seen as plagiarism, but it can still be cheating. Thus, the clarity of the instructions for an examination assignment becomes very important. Students should be clearly informed of the rules already in a study guide or assignment description.

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About AI in education and society at large

In order to implement major changes in educational methods, assessment and examination, an underlying knowledge of AI tools and policies that affect how we educate is required.

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