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False Accusations of AI Cheating: What's an Educator to Do?

June 08, 2023

How many students being caught for using AI are actually innocent? With today's 'detector' tools that give instructors a 'likelihood' that a student used AI to complete their assignment, it is impossible for educators to know with certainty whether AI was really used. Rolling Stone recently published an article about this phenomenon, titled "She Was Falsely Accused of Cheating with AI - And She Won't Be the Last", wherein a UC Davis student was accused of using AI tools to write her essay, despite being completely innocent. This demonstrates the perils of using "AI Detector" tools that offer no certainty that a student has actually cheated, and thus cannot be relied upon to make an academic determination. Furthermore, just as many students are being falsely accused, many more are getting away with using AI to cheat on assignments, especially as students can use the same AI detector tools as educators, and tweak their essay until it appears to be 'likely human written'.

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Are Students using AI Detectors to Cheat?

May 22, 2023

With the rise of plagiarism detection tools like Turnitin, GPTZero, Copyleaks, and more, some instructors feel like they have a 'silver bullet' for stopping the use of ChatGPT and other AI tools on assignments. The reality is far from the truth. We've written often how and why 'detector' tools including the aforementioned don't actually work in accurately detecting plagiarism, and may cause more harm than good. While these services are lauded for providing some level of free access online for instructors, it is often overlooked that students may use these tools to likewise check their own work and subsequently perform edits so it appears to be human writing.

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How to Teach in a Brave New World of AI - for Non-Techies

May 18, 2023

At the same time last year, we were still concerned about COVID-19 in classrooms, and would have never expected that widespread use of AI could be something on the near-term horizon. Now - everything is different, and ChatGPT, Bard, and a variety of other AI tools are being used rampantly by students to complete assignments - whether educators like it or not. While the lack of apparent solutions for educators to create and enforce policies that delineate when AI is acceptable and when it is not acceptable to use on assignments, has created a 'if you can't beat them, join them' mentality that suggests we must upend the entire pedagogy and deeply integrate AI into our classroom, we believe that the existence of AI shouldn't come at the cost of our full and robust human education.


ChatGPT and AI in Schools: Making the Most of AI in the Classroom

May 09, 2023

When considering the role of AI in education, it's important to consider both the potential benefits and risks to education. As with any innovation, there are both incredible opportunities for learning and potential challenges and potentially problematic situations that may arise.

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Should ChatGPT Change How We Assess?

May 07, 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems like ChatGPT, have made remarkable advancements possible in various fields, and their impact on education is no exception. With the emergence of chatbots like ChatGPT, educators and researchers are considering whether the traditional methods of assessment in education should be reevaluated. When students are able to write a large essay with ChatGPT and just a few minutes of editing, professors are asking whether the way that we assess students should be changed completely. Responses on this topic are just as varied as they are extreme, with more moderate educators calling for an overhaul of school policy surrounding AI systems, and more extreme thinkers advocating to completely scrap essay writing as an assessment format altogether. The reason that thinking on this topic varies so greatly is partly due to the fact that there is no clear answer for instructors as to how to respond to the rise of students using ChatGPT on assessments. One thing is sure however – the current model of assessments is not working and must be adapted to fit ChatGPT.

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Top 3 Misconceptions about ChatGPT

May 07, 2023

Since its release late last year, ChatGPT has garnered attention and sparked numerous discussions about the role of AI in education. However, amidst the excitement, several misconceptions have emerged. This blog post aims to explore and debunk the common misconceptions about using ChatGPT in education, and shed light on its capabilities, limitations, and the realities of using this application.

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Developing a ChatGPT Policy for Your Institution

May 06, 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, such as ChatGPT, have emerged as transformative tools with immense potential to revolutionize a variety of fields including education. ChatGPT, powered by advanced language models, offers new avenues for interactive learning, personalized instruction, and educational support. However, as educational institutions increasingly embrace AI, it becomes crucial to establish comprehensive policies that address the ethical implications, and design frameworks that preserve learning and academic integrity. Without appropriate policies, these new ultra-powerful AI language models, like ChatGPT, can effectively be used to plagiarize and complete assignments in a fraction of the time – harming the overall educational experience. Thus, tools like ChatGPT are a double-edged sword that educators must work with to ensure that their institution harnesses the benefits of AI and has solutions implemented to prevent potential negative effects.

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How Effective is GPTZero in Detecting Plagiarism?

April 26, 2023

Teachers who are concerned with the growing trend of students using ChatGPT to write their essays, have likely heard of GPTZero - a tool developed by Edward Tian, a 22-year-old computer science student at Princeton University. Since Tian introduced the tool on January 2nd of this year, he has gained many academic users, who see his tool as the only potential solution to counter ChatGPT related plagiarism on assignments. However, despite the rapid growth of GPTZero, the question remains whether GPTZero is, or can ever be, effective in detecting content that has been written by AI systems, and modified by humans.

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Can Turnitin Detect ChatGPT?

April 25, 2023

Tl;Dr;No, not really. The only way it can really detect ChatGPT is if students submit an assignment verbatim from ChatGPT without any editing.

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Can You Design 'ChatGPT-Proof' Assignments?

April 24, 2023

Much like the debate on the efficacy of using grades as learning indicators in the classroom, ideas on how to design ‘ChatGPT proof’ assignments often center around moving to a focus on ‘process’ rather than ‘performance’, as described by John Warner in his 2022 blog post

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The Simple and Effective Way to Prevent the Use of ChatGPT on Assignments

April 15, 2023

Since Microsoft-backed OpenAI released “ChatGPT” (An advanced AI chatbot) earlier this year, people across many industries, from engineers, to artists, and writers, are now concerned that their job is at risk due to how quickly ChatGPT can generate incredibly detailed, human-seeming conversation, answers, and even full essays. Soon, it became clear to most educators that the primary use-case for ChatGPT was, unfortunately, as a tool to write academic essays and cheat in online exams.

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