March 25, 2024

Collaborating with AI – Writing an assignment

Rob Liu-Preece is the Academic Technologist for PAIS, Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He has also been an IELTS marker for Writing and Speaking for 20 years and previously taught Academic Skills to international students both in the UK and overseas for 20 years.

This is the second of two posts written by Rob about AI and the ANTF Project:

While many have expressed fears that the advent of AI may threaten future employment, others have emphasised that those able to work with AI may well be in the most secure forms of work. This assignment is designed to deploy a relatively undemanding writing task which students will hopefully be motivated to carry out, being on a topic of their choice and hopefully enable them to sustain interest through the stages of writing, reading an AI answer, re-drafting and then commenting on it. I hope students will benefit from being unconstrained by academic demands as they compose a short piece of writing on a topic familiar to themselves. Additionally, that might help increase the learning take-aways they generate having completed the process. I have included an example to help students undertake the novel experience of writing with AI operating as a kind of writing assistant.

Aims of the Assignment

  • To provide a motivating topic for students to write about, review and redraft.
  • To practice collaboration on writing with AI.
  • To enhance students understanding and awareness of significant features of their writing.
  • To improve their appreciation and ability to compare human-created and AI-generated writing.
  • To practice collaborating with AI to produce an improved finished piece of writing.

Learning Objectives:

  • To increase understanding of the difference between a human and machine written response.
  • To improve the ability to collaborate with AI to enhance a written response.
  • To recognise the strengths and weaknesses of AI generated content.


You need to complete 4 activities for this assignment.

  1. Choose a cultural artefact important to you. Write 500 – 600 words on why it’s important and what insights it carries.
  2. Then write a prompt for Chat GPT and generate an answer.
  3. Re-write your original incorporating new content gleaned from Chat GPT. Highlight the additional content in italics.
  4. Write 2-4 paragraphs comparing human-created and AI-generated writing.

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