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Revolutionising Education: Embracing the Power of Artificial Intelligence and Authentic Assessment

At the recent Learning & Teaching Day held at the Greenock Campus, Raymond Moir, the Innovative Learning Manager, and Emma Hanna, the Learning Technology Team Leader, delivered a presentation titled "Artificial Intelligence in Education." This presentation covered a broad spectrum of topics, designed to provide a comprehensive understanding for those with limited or some prior knowledge of AI in education:

  • Current AI Generative Tools.

  • Limitations and Implications.

  • Academic Integrity.

  • Best practices for integrating AI into educational settings.

  • Assessment Strategies.

The presentation delved into tactics for assessment and approached the challenges associated with using AI, which include avoiding, outrunning, and embracing AI.

Strategy

Approach

Challenges

Avoid

Revert to in-person or handwritten assessments where the use of AI is not possible.

​This moves away from authentic assessment and creates many logistical challenges.

Outrun

Devise an assessment that AI cannot perform.

AI is advancing and given the time between assessment being set and it being taken, AI might well be able to do the assignment when it is taken.

Embrace

Embrace the use of AI, discuss appropriate use of AI with students and actively encourage it is use to create authentic assessments.

Balancing authentic assessments and use of generative AI with academic integrity is a challenge.

Source: JISC, 2023


One of the key focal points of discussion was the idea of embracing AI within the classroom, especially in the context of authentic assessment.

In an era where students have access to generative AI tools, ensuring academic integrity is a significant challenge. Dan Fitzpatrick, author of "The AI Classroom: Teaching & Learning in the Artificial Intelligence Revolution" emphasises the importance of preparing students for a world enriched with advanced AI. Fitzpatrick stresses the need for educators to create engaging authentic assessments that emphasise:

  1. Student voice

  2. Analytical thinking

  3. Personalisation

  4. Ethical AI practices

By doing so, educators can foster an environment that encourages critical thinking, effective collaboration, and student ownership of their learning journey. These approaches not only hold students accountable for their education but also equip them for a future shaped by AI. Fitzpatrick advocates that educators are encouraged to teach students how to responsibly collaborate with AI tools, striking a balance between individual creativity and leveraging technology for innovative problem-solving.


Dan Fitzpatrick's guide, "10 Ways to Design Dynamic Assignments for Authentic Learning" provides a valuable resource, complete with a helpful rubric covering various assessment methods, including:

  1. Collaborative Projects - ensures individual contributions.

  2. Real-World Problem Solving – requires application of knowledge.

  3. Scaffold Assignments – encourages independent learning.

  4. Peer Review and Feedback – promotes accountability.

  5. Reflective Assignments – foster metacognition.

  6. Multimedia Presentations – requires original content creation.

  7. Gamification – engages students in active learning.

  8. Debate and Socratic Seminars – requires critical thinking and reasoning.

  9. Authentic Assessments – mimics real-world tasks.

  10. Self Assessment – promotes self-awareness and growth mindset.

Dan Fitzpatrik’s, AI Educator website also houses a searchable directory of AI Educator tools.


On the subject of authentic assessment in the era of Artificial Intelligence, Advance HE offers a range of valuable resources. These resources include insights into the implications of AI in the education sector, student perspectives on learning and working in the AI era, and a webinar recording that explored:

  • Practical examples of how AI is being used and its impact on authentic assessment.

  • Practitioner responses: integrating AI tools into teaching, learning and assessment.

  • Reflections on short and long-term responses for policies and practices.

While Advance HE primarily focuses on UK university education, the topics discussed are highly relevant to Scottish colleges. You can access these AI and authentic assessment resources on the Advance HE website.

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I wholeheartedly agree with your perspective. Its evident that the principles of academic integrity and authentic assessment have long been pillars of education. However, the digital age, ushered in by AI and digital tools, provides us with an exciting opportunity to reevaluate and refine our approach to assessment and integrity.


You've aptly pointed out that digital literacy is a critical factor in this equation. AI undoubtedly offers remarkable capabilities, but it's equally important that individuals, particularly students and educators, possess the knowledge and skills to weild it responsibly and effectively. The ability to pose pertinent questions and interpret AI-generated outcomes is in itself a valuable skill. Moreover, fostering a culture of ethical AI utilisation is imperative for ensuring that the…


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IMHO Academic integrity is something that is not new neither is authentic assessment and I think with AI there is far too much focus on something that we as professionals have been doing all the time since the advent of assessment there have always been methods for cheating/plagiarism. I've said before that actually its all about digital literacy because yes AI is there for use but how many folk know how to use it correctly and ask the right questions?

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Raymond Moir
Raymond Moir
Sep 13, 2023
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Hi Amanda, I completely agree. You are absolutely correct that academic integrity and authentic assessment have been long-standing principles in education. The focus on these aspects is indeed not new, but with the advent of AI and digital tools, there is a renewed opportunity to examine and enhance the way we approach assessment and integrity in a digital age.


I entirely agree that digital literacy is a crucial component of this equation. While AI offers powerful capabilities, it's essential that individuals, especially students and educators, have the knowledge and skills to use it responsibly and effectively. Asking the right questions and understanding how to interpret AI-generated results is a skill in itself. Moreover, fostering a culture of ethical AI usage…


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