MPhil / PhD Studentship In The Impact Of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Higher Education Skills Development


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  Prof Ian Turner, Dr I Baker  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Purpose/objectives

The purpose of this studentship is to understand the impact that generative artificial intelligence (AI) has on the development of skills programmes in Higher Education.

Project objectives

The purpose of this studentship is to understand the impact that generative artificial intelligence (AI) has on the development of skills programmes in Higher Education.

  • critically evaluate existing skills development programmes (e.g., Develop@Derby) with respect to their impact on graduate outcomes.
  • undertake a stakeholder analysis of the impact of generative AI on skill development, workplace competency and employer requirements.
  • develop a sustainable evidence-informed approach for skill development in a generative AI landscape.

Project description

The public release of ChatGPT, a Generative AI software tool raised concern amongst the Higher Education community predominantly in relation to academic standards and the integrity of assessment. OpenAI released GPT-4 in March 2023 building on the capabilities of the previous version. In casual chat prompts the difference between versions is negligible but GPT-4 outperforms its predecessor in exams and tests e.g., it passes a simulated bar exam with a score akin to the top 10% of test takers . Google’s AI engine Bard has recently launched and a wide range of specialist tools such as Jenni and Consensus which have specific applications of relevance to HE.

The discussion around Generative AI and its impact in Higher Education continues with the main themes of awareness, risks to academic integrity, assessment design and opportunities. The Dept. for Education have released a briefing note, March 2023, with key messages to the sector on the opportunities and challenges presented by the tools, likewise many sector bodies are beginning to explore the impact on their accredited programmes.

It is no understatement to say that Generative AI tools will fundamentally change not only HE but the employment sector. There is an urgent need to evaluate the skill sets required by a changing graduate employment market, develop approaches for the delivery, and create methodologies for the evaluation of their success.

Computer Science (8) Education (11)

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