Generative AI in Education

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Artificial intelligence is having an increasing impact on our society, work and, of course, education. The introduction of the chatbot ChatGPT (late 2022) and Google's chatbot Bard (July, 2023) is keeping everyone's minds busy to this day. These tools allow users to generate texts or write emails and songs. ChatGPT and Bard are forms of generative AI (GenAI). In generative AI, the user gives a command or asks a question (prompt), the model interprets the command and generates content accordingly. ChatGPT and Bard are part of a growing movement. There are many other chatbots available besides ChatGPT and Bard and this number will only increase. There are also rapid developments in other generative AI, which for example generate imagery or videos.


Students may use GenAI if the lecturer instructs that this is allowed. Students must follow the rules specified by the lecturer regarding the ways in which it may and may not be used and how it should be referenced. Guidelines are being developed to provide clarity to teachers on what choices can be made, so that these choices can be properly and clearly communicated to students. 

For more information, see the Generative AI external link page.

Before you start

It is important to be aware of the following points:

  • The teacher is the determinant of what is and is not allowed per assignment.
  • Students are never allowed to submit work developed entirely by GenAI as their own. If this does happen, it is considered fraud, see OER[1] .
  • You remain responsible for everything you submit. (So pay attention and handle generated data with care).
    • After all, if you ask GenAI something, it could be that:
      • It is not correct in terms of content
      • It is textually incorrect.
      • Generated sources do not really exist
      • Etc.
  • Students are responsible for submitting work where it is possible for the assessor to evaluate whether the intended competences have been acquired.

 [1] The OER states: "Fraud and plagiarism are defined as the actions or omissions of students that result in a misrepresentation of their own performance in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding, which may result in the examiner no longer being able to assess the students' knowledge or ability correctly and fairly."

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