3 Reasons Why Creative AI Tools Disrupt Education Assessment

Can you trust the author?

Tom Barrett
6 min readJun 22, 2022


#270 | June 17, 2022​ | Bowl of fruit by me and Midjourney

This issue is about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) creative tools like Midjourney and DALL-E 2 are disrupting what it means to be an author and creator. We explore the potential impact on the state of education assessment and student feedback.

This piece is for educators and creators curious about the impact of AI and machine learning technology on the future of authorship and teaching and learning.

In this article, I share three disruptions to education assessment that are clearer than others. I am sure there is more to come.

When you finish reading this piece, you will know why AI creative tools disrupt the existing assessment and creative authorship structures. You will reflect on what the near future holds for how students create and express themselves through new AI technology.

Over the last few months, I have been using a range of AI writing, image and art tools. These include OpenAI’s DALL-E 2, Midjourney and Jasper. It has been a significant provocation, and I am excited to see the positive disruption these tools have on ageing models of educational assessment.

Reason #1: AI Creative Tools Challenge What Is Authentic and Truthful

For teacher judgement and assessment to work, we need good proxies for learning. Proxies for learning are an observation, product or artefact representing an aspect of learning.

For example, charcoal artwork shows a student’s understanding of how to smudge and shade using charcoal. The finished piece is a proxy for what has been learned or not.

>charcoal art of a shadowy house created by me with the help of Midjourney

We need the representation to align with what we are trying to assess. But we need to trust what we consider an authentic and truthful representation of learning.

What if learning was assisted, inspired or augmented with a machine…



Tom Barrett

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