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The rise of artificial intelligence and Large Language Models (LLMs) like Openai’s ChatGPT have far reaching implications for learning and teaching in higher education. From concerns about academic integrity and cheating, to re-designing assessment with artificial intelligence in mind, the sector is grappling with how to move forward. 


This webpage contains advice, guidance and resources for higher education professionals to adapt their teaching in light of artificial intelligence. It will be updated weekly with new information. 

QAA webinar series on ChatGPT

ChatGPT: To ban or not to ban?


22 March 2023


This webinar considered whether it is possible to detect the use of ChatGPT in assessments? Is it right to punish students for using it or should we be trusting them? And is banning ChatGPT as futile as banning Google?


Speakers included: Michael Webb, Jisc; Dr Phil Anthony, University of Kent; Stella Maris, University of St Andrews; Dr Bronwyn Eager, University of Tasmania; and Dr Irene Glendinning, Coventry University.


ChatGPT: How do I use it as a force for good?


31 March 2023, 11:00 - 12:00


It’s right to address the threat ChatGPT poses to academic integrity. But it’s also an amazing new tool. How can ChatGPT support and facilitate deeper learning? How can it make teaching easier? This online panel discussion will explore the opportunities ChatGPT presents the sector, from admin, to teaching, to learning.


Speakers confirmed:

Michael Webb, Director of Technology and Learning Analytics, Jisc
Maha Bali, Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo
Dr Bronwyn Eager, Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania
Jack Medlin, Education Officer, Keele University Students’ Union, and QAA Student Strategic Advisory Committee member


ChatGPT: What should assessment look like now?


18 April 2023, 10:00 - 11:00


How do you design assessments now that students can use ChatGPT? What does ‘innovative authentic assessment’ even mean? Do I have to re-write all my modules? This online webinar will unearth the true meaning of authentic assessment and give attendees real life examples of assessment design that account for ChatGPT but still offer an accurate way to assess what a student has learned.

Speakers confirmed:

Jan McArthur, Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University, UK
Matthew Glanville, Head of Assessment Principles and Practice at The International Baccalaureate
Dr Thomas Lancaster, Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London and Chair of QAA’s Academic Integrity Advisory Group
Libby Farrier-Williams, Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Higher Education researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University


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QAA guidance

In addition to our latest briefing note specifically on ChatGPT, QAA has a large volume of guidance for its members around promoting academic integrity amongst students and designing ‘authentic’ assessment that prepares learners for the world of work.


How to approach ChatGPT


In February 2023, we published a briefing note on how higher education providers should be responding to ChatGPT. It outlines ChatGPT’s potential implications for academic standards, as well as suggesting a selection of practices providers can adopt to support academic integrity. 


The rise of artificial intelligence software and potential risks for academic integrity: Briefing paper for higher education providers

Publication date: 30 Jan 2023


QAA Academic Integrity Network meeting (March 2023)


On 16 March 2023, QAA’s Academic Integrity Network met to discuss generative artificial intelligence tools in higher education, share approaches and confirm next steps for QAA’s activity on the topic. You can read of summary of the meeting below.


QAA Academic Integrity Network Meeting (March 2023) summary

Publication date: 21 Mar 2023


How to promote academic integrity among students


Communicating the importance of academic integrity with students is an important foundation when dealing with topics like ChatGPT. Section 4, 'Education and Support', in our Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education report is particularly useful for staff looking to renew their efforts in promoting academic integrity to students in light of artificial intelligence developments.


Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education: How to Address Essay Mills and Contract Cheating

Publication date: 20 Sep 2022


How to design authentic assessment


Our Hallmarks of Success playbook on 'Assessment in Digital and Blended Pedagogy' supports staff involved in curriculum design to consider and implement key factors that underpin success in digital and hybrid learning environments. It provides useful prompts that quality staff can use when considering how they re-design assessment in light of ChatGPT.



Section 2 of our Assessment Reflection and Planning Resource Collection covers how to design and embed authentic assessment. It contains recommended resources and courses, and reflective question prompts that practitioners can when re-designing assessment. 


Upcoming activity on ChatGPT

Other QAA events/resources on ChatGPT:

Upcoming QAA activity on ChatGPT
Content typeTitleDate Open to
ResourceAcademic Integrity Advisory Network summary21 MarchAll
Online eventChatGPT: To ban or not to ban?22 March
Online session with chance for discussionConversations with Quality Leads 23 March
Primary Membership contacts and their nominees
Online session with chance for discussionPVC (Education) breakfast briefing 24 March
PVC Education and equivalent roles
Online eventChatGPT: How do I use it as a force for good?31 March
Online eventChatGPT: What should assessment look like now?18 April
In-person eventMember Network Conference20 April
QAA Members
Online conference session‘Liberating assessments so they are fit for the future not the past’ (at Assessment Festival)28 April
QAA Members


External resources on ChatGPT:

External events on ChatGPT:

Upcoming external events on ChatGPT
OrganisationEvent title and descriptionDetails
QQI (Artificial Intelligence Week)A familiar, but strange time: Navigating artificial intelligence in higher education27 March 15:00-16:00 GMT
QQI (Artificial Intelligence Week)Online exams in the age of ChatGPT; now what?28 March 13:00-14:00 GMT
International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)INQAAHE talks on academic integrity: Safeguarding trust in higher education29 March 13:00-14:00 GMT
QQI (Artificial Intelligence Week)Blurred lines: Rethinking artificial intelligence tools through the assistive technology 29 March 15:00-16:00 GMT
QQI (Artificial Intelligence Week)National Academic Integrity Network (NAIN) panel discussion30 March 13:00-14:00 GMT
QQI (Artificial Intelligence Week)AI 'writers' - threat or opportunity?31 March 13:00-14:00 GMT

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