Impact on the university
The applications of GenAI are broad and touch on many Radboud University activities, in particular within teaching and research. Language models can help answer complex questions, brainstorm, create automatic summaries, write text and programming code, and correct language errors.
Our focus lies primarily on the impact of GenAI on the exams and assignments completed by students out of sight of a lecturer or invigilator. We have for a long time been meaning to bring assessment more closely in line with student learning, but with the advent of GenAI, this has become a necessity.
Clearly, GenAI also offers opportunities: these applications can be used to enrich our teaching and reduce workload. Students can use this technology to assist their learning process, for example by requesting further explanation or using a language model as a brainstorming partner. GenAI can also benefit lecturers: a language model can help them formulate learning objectives, prepare a lesson plan, or give feedback. The time thus freed up can be spent on complex teaching content or more personal contact between students and lecturers, for example.
Recommendations and direction
In recent months, lecturers, study programmes, and Examining Boards have already gained a lot of experience with this new technology, and had the opportunity to reflect on how they wish to use it in their teaching and assessment. This page contains some focus areas and tips for lecturers. A vision document specifically devoted to GenAI in education will soon be available, describing how Radboud University relates to this technology and its application in education.