Over half UK students using AI for assignments, finds study

Key Points:

  • 53% of undergraduate students in the UK use AI for assessments
  • 25% use Google Bard and ChatGPT for suggestions
  • 5% of students admitted to directly copying text from AI for their assignments


The United Kingdom seems to be embracing a new study buddy: artificial intelligence (AI). According to a recent survey by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), over half of undergraduate students are cozying up to AI to tackle their academic tasks. From polishing up assignments with Google Bard and ChatGPT to leaning on AI for helpful nudges, these tech-savvy scholars are diving headfirst into the digital learning realm.


However, not all is sunshine and rainbows in this futuristic approach to education. A troubling 5% of students confessed to copy-pasting text directly from AI to pad their assignments. Cue the concerned academics weighing in on this AI love affair. Andres Guadamuz, an Intellectual Property Law expert, is waving the caution flag, highlighting the importance of a balanced approach in using AI ethically and effectively.


In a chat with The Guardian, Guadamuz stressed the need for educators to engage students in mature discussions about the potential pitfalls of AI, particularly the risk of ‘hallucinations’ – think misleading stats and wonky citations. It’s a call to action for educators to steer the AI ship in the right direction.


But hold on, the AI revolution isn’t just student-centric. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is gearing up to explore how AI can lend a digital hand to teachers, helping them craft engaging lesson plans and snazzy learning materials. Professor Becky Francis, the brains behind EEF, envisions a future where AI could be a game-changer for educators, revolutionizing teaching practices one algorithm at a time.


As the tech tide rises, it’s clear that AI is making waves in academia, challenging traditional learning paradigms and reshaping the way students and teachers approach education. Whether you’re a digital-savvy student surfing the AI wave or an educator dipping your toes into the tech pool, one thing’s for sure – the future of education is looking increasingly pixelated.



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