The end of the university essay: Editorial


In an editorial, Rahul Kumar (Brock University) argues that generative artificial intelligence (AI) now has the capacity to create a “passing” university essay; as such, these essays are no longer an appropriate mechanism to evaluate a student’s knowledge. Kumar outlines possible alternatives to the traditional university essay, including assignments that involve students using generative AI as an intermediary tool, much like how a mathematician uses a calculator. The author also recommends evaluations based on interactions with others and experiential learning. Kumar concludes that instituting these alternative assessment mechanisms will require large-scale commitment from the postsecondary community. “The fact is that the university essay in its current form cannot continue,” writes Kumar.