AI (artificial Intelligence) Vs. AI (academic integrity): ‘Evaluating’ the Inevitable changes in education in an electronically evolving society

Generative artificial intelligence (GAI) such as Chat-GPT has become a controversial hot topic  in higher education (HE). Whilst some argue GAI has great potentials to enhance learning by providing assistance in developing language skills, a vast majority of academics are cynical about GAI’s ability to produce essays, answers, and diagrams, which would be challenging the integrity of the entire educational system. The fact that Chat-GPT and similar language models are freely available, the impact is beyond HE, affecting secondary education too. The capabilities and sophistication of these new technologies together with their prominence in media, are inevitably attracting the students to take advantage of these systems to write essays and answers to other forms of assessments.

This workshop will explore the abilities and limitations of Chat-GPT, as a language model. It will first show an example ‘conversation’ with this GAI-bot regarding its influence on academic misconducts. This will generate a wider discussion amongst participants on how the assessments can be modified to minimise the direct impact of Chat-GPT on academic misconduct. It will share some example lesson plans to (a) teach about the reliability (or the lack of it) of Chat-GPT and highlight the user’s responsibility for creating original and well researched work; (b) synthesise the ways questions/tasks can be set for students to learn via assessments using Chat-GPT; and (c) encourage the students to effectively create human-GAI interface to effectively use this technology in learning via assessments.

At the end of this session attendees are expected to learn about adjusting assessment strategies to minimise Chat-GPT related academic misconducts by students. They will have a clear understanding that these language models are only tools to assist and enhance our writing process, not to replace it. Most importantly, they will understand that the ultimate responsibility lies with the users to critically evaluate and review the content to ensure accuracy and appropriateness for specific academic needs.