Schools fight back on use of ChatGPT by students

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Schools are beginning to get concerned about the potential of student using ChatGPT to cheat on assignments and exams.

In recent months, there have been reports of students using ChatGPT to generate essays, write research papers, and even answer questions on exams. In some cases, the cheating has been so blatant that professors have been able to easily identify it.

In response to the growing problem of ChatGPT cheating, some schools have banned the use of the program altogether. Others are exploring ways to make their exams and assignments more difficult for ChatGPT to cheat on. For example, some professors are now requiring students to submit handwritten assignments or take oral exams. Others are making their exams more personalized, so that ChatGPT cannot simply generate a generic answer.

“Asking students questions like, ‘Tell me in three sentences what is the Krebs cycle in chemistry?’ That’s not going to work anymore, because ChatGPT will spit out a perfectly fine answer to that question,” Bill Hart-Davidson, associate dean at Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters, told Fortune.

“I’m planning on going medieval on the students and going all the way back to oral exams,” Christopher Bartel, a philosophy professor at Appalachian State University, told Insider in January. “They can AI generate text all day long in their notes if they want, but if they have to be able to speak it, that’s a different thing.”

According to Fox News, a Canadian writing professor aims to make assignments more customized in order to reduce the usage of ChatGPT on essays.

The sources for this piece include an article in BusinessInsider.

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