Can I use AI tools for my assignments?
AI technology is developing all the time and there is now a wealth of choice in AI-assisted tools that can help with assessments.
The short answer to the above question is sometimes, because it depends what you are using the tools for.
You may be required to use AI tools as part of an assignment, but if their use is not specified, in order to decide if you are able to use them, you need to be aware of what is appropriate use, and what the issues might be if you do use them, particularly for generative AI (GenAI) tools.
What is generative AI (GenAI)?
Generative artificial intelligence is a creative tool that will form written or visual content. The content is generated when the user gives the tool written prompts.
Popular GenAI include ChatGPT, Google Bard and Bingchat for written content, and Midjourney and DALL-E for image generation.
Risks of using AI tool for assignments
Appropriate and inappropriate use of AI tools
AI tools that are safe to use for assignments
There are several tools that are great for research projects, including literature and systematic reviews. Below is a summary of what they do and you can find out more by watching the videos on the right-hand side of the page.
Science Grad School Coach. (2022, November 1). How to Create a Literature Review Outline with Research Rabbit || Research Rabbit Tutorial [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2ygJv4lpWo
Lateral. (2021, May 28). Welcome to Lateral! [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J2ZTNEgAg0
BU Cares (2023, January 28). How to use AI for research: Elicit.org for writing a literature review [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy2myE76ZfY&t=2s
Miller, A. K. (2022, November 16). New AI product demo: ExplainPaper [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHT68uqGAUQ
Consensus. (2022, September 7). Consensus - Product Hunt Beta Launch Demo [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_xxFEO8Hws&t=2s