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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 redesigning 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. You can find our full catalogue of work on our academic integrity page.

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.

A summary of this event is available.

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


31 March 2023


This webinar looked at how it’s right to address the threat ChatGPT poses to academic integrity, but that it’s also an amazing new tool. How can ChatGPT support and facilitate deeper learning? How can it make teaching easier? This panel explored the opportunities ChatGPT presents the sector, from admin, to teaching, to learning.

Speakers included: Michael Webb, Jisc; Maha Bali, American University in Cairo; Dr Bronwyn Eager, University of Tasmania; and Jack Medlin, Keele University Students’ Union and QAA Student Strategic Advisory Committee member.


Following the webinar, Dr Browwyn Eager published a blog post summarising the key issues shared at the event.


ChatGPT: What should assessment look like now?


18 April 2023


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 looked to 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 included: Jan McArthur, Lancaster University; Matthew Glanville, The International Baccalaureate; Dr Thomas Lancaster, Imperial College London and Chair of QAA’s Academic Integrity Advisory Group; and George Bryant-Aird, Edge Hill University

QAA guidance

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


Reconsidering assessment for the ChatGPT era


This paper develops a theme introduced in our earlier advice below on 'Maintaining quality and standards in the ChatGPT era'. It sets out QAA’s advice for providers on how to approach the assessment of students in a world where students have access to Generative Artificial Intelligence tools.  


Reconsidering assessment for the Chat GPT era: QAA advice on developing sustainable assessment strategies

Publication date: 31 Jul 2023


Maintaining quality and standards in the ChatGPT era


This paper sets out advice to universities and colleges on how to manage the rapidly increasing use of Generative Artificial Intelligence tools in higher education - and the principles are also applicable in further education. 


Maintaining quality and standards in the ChatGPT era: QAA advice on the opportunities and challenges posed by Generative Artificial Intelligence

Publication date: 08 May 2023


How to approach ChatGPT


This briefing note considers 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 a 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


Improving student learning by linking inclusion/accessibility and academic integrity


This Collaborative Enhancement Project aims to engage students inclusively in learning and developing academic integrity skills. It has developed innovations to engage all contemporary students in good academic practice as part of an effective approach to academic integrity



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 redesign 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 redesigning assessment. 


Department for Education’s generative artificial intelligence consultation

In September 2023, we published a response to the Department for Education’s consultation on generative artificial intelligence in education. The consultation sought views on how generative artificial intelligence is being used across education in England and the opportunities and risks it presents.

Upcoming activity on ChatGPT

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