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Stirling University sets the record straight on the use of AI for coursework

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The University of Stirling has issued “dos and don’ts” for the use of ChatGPT and other Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools in graded coursework.

Since the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, the University has reported that “some students have tried to use ChatGPT to write their assessments for them”.

When using Artificial Intelligence content in coursework, students are advised to cite this in referencing. Guidance on referencing can be found here.

A statement of AI use is also needed when submitting assignments. Modules will give guidance on this in assignment instructions.

Penalties for the use of uncited AI can include failing the module or, in worse cases, termination of study.

The announcement states: “It also produces pretty poor assignments which is [sic] likely to fail.”

Other ways to use AI

The University encourages the use of AI to aid learning and understanding.

The Stirling University AI Society said: “Use AI to understand your subject at hand, ask it to test you, ask why an answer you got is wrong and use it to help you improve your personal knowledge.

“The AI Society believes that using AI tools should serve to personalise learning and understanding, but not as a quick fix to assignments.”

Students are advised to remain wary of the information that Artificial Intelligence produces.

The University’s statement says: “AI tools don’t always get the points right and can “hallucinate” by making things up.”

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A spokesperson from the University said: “The topic was covered at our Learning and Teaching Festival earlier this year, where staff heard from experts on AI in teaching.

“The academic integrity module – which is recommended to all new students – includes a section on AI.

“In conjunction with the Students’ Union, the University is continuing to monitor and react to developments in AI to ensure we adapt as technology progresses.

“We will continue to provide staff and students with training, guidance and resources to ensure everyone is aware of the opportunities and implications of generative AI for study and employment, and are both confident and competent in the deployment of AI in relevant contexts.”

Extra guidance for students

There will be a Student Learning Services session on Artificial Intelligenceat 4 p.m. on 7 November. For more information, or to sign up, click here.

When in doubt, the University advises students to ask lecturers for clarification.

The University’s full statement and “do’s and don’ts” can be found here.

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