Investigating the Use of GenAI in Writing Assignments: Exploring the Benefits, Challenges, and Ethical Considerations

Man Ching Mary Cheng

Research output: Unpublished conference presentation (presented paper, abstract, poster)Conference presentation (not published in journal/proceeding/book)Teaching and learningpeer-review


The boom of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) has brought a substantial concern among academia. While some express excitement about the possibilities of this technology to enhance students’ writing skills (Baidoo-Anu & Owusu Ansah, 2023), others are concerned about the potential negative effect on students’ learning development (Cooper, 2023). This study aims to investigate the current state of GenAI use among students and explore possible ways to use this technology to improve writing skills while maintaining the sense of academic integrity. A questionnaire survey was conducted on undergraduate students in Hong Kong to examine their perceptions and experiences of using GenAI. The findings reveal that majority of the students believed GenAI could help generate and organize ideas, improve their writing quality and save time. However, concerns were also raised over plagiarism and lack of originality. This study concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings and possible ways to further explore this topic. This presentation will provide insights into the potential benefits and challenges of using GenAI in writing assignments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusNot published / presented only - 30 Jun 2023
EventAcademic Practice and Technology Conference (APT) 2023 - King's College, University of London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jun 202330 Jun 2023


ConferenceAcademic Practice and Technology Conference (APT) 2023
Abbreviated titleAPT2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • teaching and learning
  • generative AI
  • EAP, writing, planning, drafting, feedback


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