Australian universities have changed how they conduct exams and other assessments amid concerns over students using emerging artificial intelligence softwares like ChatGPT to write essays.
Major institutions in Australia have added new rules which state that the use of AI for exams is cheating, with some students already caught using the software. In Australia, academics have expressed concerns over ChatGPT and similar technology’s ability to escape anti-plagiarism software while providing quick academic writing.
The Group of Eight leading universities, which are leading research-intensive universities across the country, said that they had revised how the assessments would be run this year due to the emergent technology.
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Dr. Matthew Brown, the group’s deputy chief executive, said its institutions were proactively tackling AI through targeted technological detection strategies, staff training, and redesigning assessments.
He said, “Our universities have revised how they will run assessments in 2023. They will include greater use of pen and paper exams and tests and tests only for units with low integrity risks.”
The University of Sydney’s latest academic integrity policy now specifically mentions generating content using artificial intelligence as a form of cheating. The Australian National University has changed assessment designs to rely on laboratory activities and fieldwork. It will also time exams and introduce more oral presentations.