Grammarly Unveils Generative AI Features for Students
Grammarly is rolling out a new set of features aimed at guiding students to use generative AI responsibly. The company’s GrammarlyGo generative AI writing assistant will add offer suggestions for composing prompts that can boost their compositions while explicitly avoiding potential plagiarism or or other unethical behavior.
GrammarlyGO to School
Grammarly debuted GrammarlyGO in March as a way of augmenting its toolkit with generative text for essays and emails. But while initially pitched as a business tool, Grammarly is now turning to its large student user base, boosted by its partnerships with many major universities and educational institutions. The new GrammarlyGO features are crafted to appeal to those students without breaking any academic integrity rules at the schools.
For instance, the AI will offer prompt suggestions for overcoming writer’s block and developing initial lists of ideas for topics. Grammarly’s vision is that the AI can work with the AI the way it would any other research tool, rather than trying to get it to write everything for them. The suggestions apply to the prompts as well, with GrammarlyGO offering feedback and explanations of its recommendations so students better understand the AI’s logic. The AI will also act as a kind of Socratic editor of the writing, encouraging the student to refute counterarguments and otherwise improve their writing without simply doing it for them. It will also help with attribution and combat potential plagiarism by auto-generating citations for any text created with generative AI. It’s similar to Grammarly’s existing auto-citations for research websites and plagiarism checks but with additional bells and whistles like messages discouraging improper use of generative tools for long-form writing.
“Generative AI is here to stay, but the education industry is grappling with how to approach new technologies in ways that enhance student learning—not detract from it,” Grammarly for Education head Jenny Maxwell said. “When educators prioritize fostering the responsible use of AI in their institutions and courses, they ensure students build critical thinking abilities and AI literacy that the workforce of today demands. With these new GrammarlyGO features, Grammarly demonstrates its continued commitment to higher education, helping institutions and educators set their students up for success through their academic careers and beyond.”
GrammarlyGO’s generative AI covers editing and rewriting existing text as well. It can extend or shorten a piece and change the tone and style to fit the user’s goal. The AI guide offers a few adjectives as possible tone choices, but users can write their own tone preferences if they choose. That aspect builds on the tone rewrite feature Grammarly introduced last year, with the flexibility of generative AI to accommodate more than just three tone options.