Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on ChatGPT, April 2024                                             Pp.26-55

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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence Tools on Academic Writing Instruction in Higher
Education: A Systematic Review

Hind Aljuaid
Foreign Languages Department, College of Arts
Taif University, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Received:01/08/2024         Accepted:03/19/2024                 Published:04/24/2024


With the growth of Artificial Intelligence technologies, there is interest in studying their potential impact on university academic writing courses. This study examined whether AI tools are replacing these courses by exploring how they effectively replace traditional academic writing instruction and this shift’s potential benefits and drawbacks. The researcher reviewed existing literature on integrating AI tools into academic writing instruction. The findings provide insights to educators navigating the integration of Artificial Intelligence tools into writing curricula while maintaining instructional quality and academic integrity standards. By synthesizing the latest research, this study can inform decisions about the appropriate use of Artificial Intelligence in teaching essential writing skills. Increased use of Artificial Intelligence writing tools has sparked debate about their role in academic writing instruction. Universities like Stanford have updated policies around Artificial Intelligence tool usage and academic integrity. The University of California issued guidance acknowledging the prevalence of generative Artificial Intelligence on campuses. Middlebury College banned classroom use of ChatGPT over concerns it could impede critical thinking and writing skill development. Results show that while Artificial Intelligence helps with grammar and style, questions remain about its impact on creativity and critical thinking. However, Artificial Intelligence is not replacing university writing courses. These courses teach critical thinking, research, citation, argumentation, creativity, originality, and ethics, which Artificial Intelligence lacks. Academic writing courses offer a complete learning experience. Artificial Intelligence may improve academic writing but is unlikely to replace traditional courses soon. A balanced approach integrating Artificial Intelligence support while preserving core elements of academic writing education appears most effective for preparing students for diverse writing challenges.
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence in higher education; Artificial Intelligence in academic writing; Writing courses;
Artificial Intelligence in academia; ethical issues of Artificial Intelligence in academic writing.

Cite as:  Aljuaid, H. (2024). The Impact of Artificial Intelligence Tools on Academic Writing Instruction in Higher Education: A Systematic Review. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on ChatGPT, April 2024:26-55.



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Received: 01/08/2024
Accepted: 03/19/2024
Published: 04/24/2024 

Dr. Hind Aljuaid is currently an associate professor of Applied Linguistics in the Foreign Languages Department at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. Aljuaid has obtained her PhD from Griffith University, Australia.  Dr. Aljuaid research interests include language learning strategies, the studies of English language learners, and English language learning and teaching in an EFL context. ORCID: