The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted students, forcing them to adopt new learning methods in the face of constant disruption. This led to pandemic learning loss. To fill in the gaps, students are turning to new tools, including generative AI.
A McGraw Hill survey conducted by Morning Consult interviewed 500 undergraduate students and 200 college instructors to learn about the latest higher education trends on student habits, mental health, and more.
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The study found that one in five students reported struggling academically because of pandemic-relating learning loss, and 34% of instructors estimated that all or most of their students struggled due to learning loss.
To ease their studies, adjust for the learning loss, and bridge the gap, the study shows that many students are turning to online tools and social media.
“Despite the many challenges students and educators face, including COVID-related learning disruptions and the growing mental health crisis on college campuses, the learning technologies we’re building today can help support students on their unique paths to success in the future,” said Simon Allen, McGraw Hill CEO.
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Four out of five students reported having used social media or ChatGPT to study and find content related to their classes.
Specifically, 35% of students reported using ChatGPT or other AI chatbots in the past year to help with schoolwork.
Despite the risks of using generative AI, such as cheating, misinformation, and accuracy, the overall feeling toward AI remains positive.
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The majority of students (62%) and instructors (58%) agreed that in the long run, AI will improve how students learn more than AI will have negative consequences.
Furthermore, AI tools that used content that was developed and vetted by trusted academic sources would make both students (39%) and instructors (46%) more confident and comfortable about leveraging those tools.