Strategies for Educators to Detect AI Writing

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As the use of AI writing tools becomes more widespread, it is important for educators to be able to detect when students use such tools to produce assignments. The more sophisticated the AI tool, the harder it is to detect but it is vital that educators are still able to find evidence of academic dishonesty and address them accordingly. By understanding how AI writing works and what its output looks like, teachers can more effectively evaluate their students' work and ensure that academic integrity is maintained. 

Whilst there are also now tools out there for detecting AI writing, educators should also be aware that the quality of such detectors has not yet been confirmed, and AI technology is developing at a swift enough pace that the detectors are unlikely to keep up with the technology itself. For instance, some of the detectors base their assessment of whether a piece of writing was generated by AI on the level of sophistication which could negatively impact a student. In addition, there could be privacy and other concerns with the sharing of students' work with these detectors without their permission. If in doubt, refer to your district or school policy or I.T. department for guidance.

Explore the resources below to learn more on the current ability and known strategies to detect AI writing. 


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