Teach using AI-writer

AI-writer is a tool which can be used by students to sidestep the learning process the teacher has intended. To avoid ‘ghost writing’ or plagiarism, or at least design a teaching and learning situation that makes it much harder for students to plagiarise, I suggest teachers can use AI-writer (and similar tools) after the motto ‘if you can’t beat them – join them’.

Generally speaking, shaping methods for tracking, observing and documenting students’ work and learning processes will help in making it harder for students to plagiarise and take ‘short-cuts’. The main focus is to make learning happen, but also to avoid cheating.

The example below outlines such as process and incorporates the use of AI-writer in the teaching and learning process.


Writing exercise using AI writer

Step 1: Go to  ai-writer.com then type in 3-4 keywords and generate a text.

Step 2: Evaluate the sources found. This should be discussed in groups. Remove what is problematic and motivate why.

Step 3: Rework the AI- generated text using sources from  course literature.

Step 4: Write a reflection or discussion on the process.

(The instruction has been edited)

AI writing instruction


You can download the instruction here

Writing exercise using AI writer


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I recently wrote a post about AI writer, plagiarism and teaching. but there is also an AI for combatting the problem of students using ghost writers. Ghost writing is when somebody else writes the text and not the student him/herself. Such texts are original and not plagiarised, and will not show up in standard automatic plagiarism checks.

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However, this is a problem which is related to plagiarism, and AI-writer(s) could be considered a kind of ghost writers as well as a form of plagiarism. Whichever way you choose to view the phenomenon the problem stays the same. The student is not representing his/her own knowledge, and is sidestepping the learning process you experience when working with constructing a text.

But if one AI can produce text with a bit of prompting another can learn to recognise the written ‘fingerprint’ of a particular writer and recognise breaks in individual style. Such an AI called EMMA already exists (emmaidentity.com) that from only 5000 words claims to recognise individual writing styles. If you are interested, there is a tutorial  at emmaidentity.com. You will also find terms of use where you find the tutorial. (Due to the new EU Copyright directive I am removing direkt links in posts, to anything which may fall under the new copyright laws. I regret that I  can no longer give you this service).

At this point I have several questions I would like answered before I would begin to trust the results EMMA or other similar AI produce. Foremost, what happens with progression and developing writers’ changes in style and competence? But, just as with AI-writer(s), this is something the teaching community should be aware of and keep an eye out for. For good or for worse, AIs are coming in practically every field and education will be no exception.


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AI writer, plagiarism and teaching

When you hear the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) you might think of humanoid robots or speech recognition on your phone such as Siri of Google Assistant, but AI services are becoming readily available in all sorts of applications.

AI writer is a text generating AI freely available for anyone on the internet. The chances are students are already using this. If students have not yet discovered this at least it should be safe to say that in alla probability students will be ahead of the teaching community.

Ai writer works like this; you type in a few keywords, for example, “battle of Hastings, British history, Norman conquest”, and your email adress and then simply click the box “write article”. An AI written text with references is then sent to your email and you can retrieve it from your inbox.

In this example (the Battle of Hastings) I received a message and a link to a text to my email.

The AI generated text starts like this;

On October 14, 1066, in England, the Battle of Hastings, King Harold II ( 1022-66 ) of England was defeated by the Norman forces of William the Conqueror ( c. 1028-87 ) .King Harold II of England is defeated by the Norman forces of William the Conqueror at has’s Battle, fought on senlake Hill, seven miles from has, England .3

As part of a rebellion against the new Norman invaders, the Wake of the abbey was plundered in Peterborough .22
After the victory of the head, the count of mercy was killed in the uprising against William his castle and the lands of Dudley were given to William’s Norman supporters .22 It is possible that William the Conqueror planned to attack King Malcolm to prevent Edgar from protecting the aether heli and stop him from advancing in the north of England .22
Edgar the Aetheling joined forces with King Malcolm in Scotland and King Philippe I of France in an attempt to take the throne of English .22

For the full text please follow the link above.

This AI generated text, with some adjustments, would cause trouble for the anti-plagiarism tools used in many Learning Management Platforms (LMS), but would probably not slip past the experienced teacher. In my experience teachers tend to know their students and how they write, and would react to a change of style and level of proficiency. At this point the AI writer is still quite rudimentary, but AIs are developing at breakneck speed and we should keep an eye on what they can (and cannot) do.


I will be posting ideas on how you can use an AI writer as a teaching and learning tools instead of battling it as sneaky sources of plagiarism (which it can be).


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This post was edited and updated 2019-03-18