Using Generative Artificial Intelligence Tools to Explain and Enhance Experiential Learning for Authentic Assessment

David Ernesto Salinas-Navarro, Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo, Rosario Michel-Villarreal, Luis Montesinos

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The emergence of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) requires innovative educational environments to leverage this technology effectively to address concerns like academic integrity, plagiarism, and others. Additionally, higher education needs effective pedagogies to achieve intended learning outcomes. This emphasizes the need to redesign active learning experiences in the GenAI era. Authentic assessment and experiential learning are two possible meaningful alternatives in this context. Accordingly, this article investigates how GenAI can enhance teaching and learning by constructively addressing study situations beyond conventional learning approaches and cultivating high-order skills and knowledge acquisition. This study employs thing ethnography to examine GenAI tools’ integration with authentic assessment and experiential learning and explore implementation alternatives. The results reveal insights into creating human-centered and GenAI-enhanced learning experiences within a constructive alignment. Specific examples are also provided to guide their implementation. Our contributions extend beyond the traditional use of GenAI tools as mere agents-to-write or agents-to-answer questions to become agents-to-support experiential learning for authentic assessment. These findings underscore the transformative role of GenAI tools in enhancing teaching and learning efficacy and effectiveness. The limitations in treating GenAI tools as subjects in thing ethnography are acknowledged, with potential for future implementation evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number83
JournalEducation Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2024

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  • authentic assessment
  • constructive alignment
  • educational innovation
  • experiential learning
  • generative artificial intelligence
  • higher education


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