Contra generative AI detection in higher education assessments

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This paper presents a critical analysis of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) detection tools in higher education assessments. The rapid advancement and widespread adoption of generative AI, particularly in education, necessitates a reevaluation of traditional academic integrity mechanisms. We explore the effectiveness, vulnerabilities, and ethical implications of AI detection tools in the
context of preserving academic integrity. Our analysis provided a synthesis of insights from various case studies, newspaper articles, and student testimonies to scrutinise the practical and philosophical challenges associated with AI detection. We argue that the reliance on detection mechanisms is misaligned with the educational landscape, where AI plays an increasingly widespread role. This paper advocates for a strategic shift towards robust assessment methods and educational policies that embrace generative AI usage while ensuring academic integrity and authenticity in assessments.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Directions for Teaching and Learning
Issue numberIntegrating Generative AI in the Design of Assessment
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Feb 2024


  • Generative AI
  • AI Detection
  • Assessment
  • Higher Education
  • Higher Education Policy


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