Who Is Using Generative AI in Higher Education?

Who Is Using Generative AI in Higher Education?

Education & Skills
Pages:16 pages9 min read

Author: Adam Vanzella Yang; Daniel Akira Stadnicki


This briefing examines how the use of and attitudes toward generative artificial intelligence vary across students of different identity groups and educational contexts.

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In this research, we analyze the results of a survey of 2,401 post-secondary students in Canada on their experiences, attitudes, and challenges regarding the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI).

How often are students using generative AI, and what demographic factors are related to frequency of use? Does using generative AI more often correlate with favourable attitudes toward its use in post-secondary settings? Is greater use associated with better learning experiences?

Read the data briefing to get our full analysis.

Key findings
Inequalities in tech adoption
Usage differences by gender, culture, and field
Similar AI use across ages and institution types
The profile of power users
Implications for post-secondary institutions
Appendix A: Methodology
Appendix B: Multiple regression results
Appendix C: Bibliography

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