How can I adapt assessment to deal with generative AI?

It is important to recognise that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in assessment should not, in all cases, be treated as plagiarism (see the University of Glasgow's Code of Student Conduct). Rather we should carefully consider how we design assessment to ensure that students can demonstrate skills beyond purely knowledge recall. A summary of some of the common ways that students can appropriately use Generative AI are listed below:

  • Answering questions where answers are based on material which can be found on the internet.
  • Drafting ideas and planning or structuring written materials.
  • Generating ideas for graphics, images and visuals.
  • Gathering information for subsequent critical review and analysis.
  • Helping to improve grammar and writing structure – especially helpful if English is a second language.
  • Experimenting with different writing styles.
  • Getting consolidated explanations.
  • Debugging code.
  • Getting over writer's block.

The following sections outline some assessment design considerations.