AI chatbots in projects and assignments

TUDelft Assessment Taskforce has created practical guidelines on how lecturers can deal with the influence of AI chatbots on unsupervised assessments and what mitigating measures can be taken. 

The possibilities of AI chatbots in assessment require further investigation. A group of AI experts will do a risk analysis of AI chatbots on assessment. We will update this page if their findings require additions to the advises below. This page was last updated on 22 February 2023. 

About AI chatbots (e.g. ChatGPT)

AI chatbots like chatGPT can create convincing answers to certain questions, depending on their nature. However their output is not always reliable: Its outputs can contain convincingly presented factual errors. Furthermore, e.g. ChatGPT currently only uses sources that are at least 2 years old. Lastly, most chatbots do not list their resources. Because they can produce incorrect information, they are sometimes referred to as ‘an extra classmate’. Integrating chatbots into search engines like Bing Chat introduced other errors. 
On the positive side, chatbots can help with, for example: 

  1. checking grammar, spelling, and references in a text
  2. generating ideas by listing information from different sources in an accessible way
  3. giving feedback
  4. summarising texts

Use by lecturers for assessments: AI chatbots can help lecturers in creating assessments (including different versions of an assignment), answer models, and rubrics. 

How to assess in unsupervised projects and assignments

During classical written exams and digital exams in the TUD secure exam environment, students do not have access to the internet, and therefore chatbots cannot be accessed by your students. The same holds for oral exams that are held on campus.