Should we worry about artificial intelligence in education?
A productive application of AI engines can be found in evaluating written text answers. This works well as long as the exam questions have a specific answer which could be verified automatically, i.e. list all capitals of the EU. Questions which have a free-form text answer, and are targeting the candidate’s knowledge, are much harder to automatically verify through an AI based approach.
While it is not possible to predict where things will go, it is almost certain that generative AI technologies will deeply affect the digital learning and examination sector. What can be seen in terms of individualized & personalized learning and knowledge transfer, as well as AI generated content are only the beginning.
The task with the highest urgency in the field of education currently is to detect when generative AI has been used, most importantly in the context of homework, exams, or other work used for evaluation of the learner. Not to much surprise, a tool has been created. The tool GPTZero is able to detect AI patterns in AI generated texts. However, it is hard to guess whether this option will be viable, and for how long.