Nine months have passed since OpenAI introduced its chatbot into the world, sparking debates in education. Initially, concerns arose about the potential for ChatGPT to facilitate widespread cheating, especially in writing assignments. Subsequently, discussions turned to how this technology could enhance learning.
Meanwhile, a niche industry has emerged to detect AI-generated content. However, these tools are still relatively easy to deceive, particularly by students.
Guidelines for students and educators
As a new academic year begins, it’s time to move past last year’s disputes and reconsider the problem.
Guidelines are needed to help students and educators determine when tools like ChatGPT or Grammarly are suitable for written work with a human’s name on it and when they are not.
Five touchpoints can assist faculty members in guiding students’ choices regarding these tools: trust, effort, writing skills, writing voice, and commitment.
Students should consider factors such as whether they trust what AI writes, how much effort they are willing to invest, whether AI enhances or weakens their writing skills, whether it compromises their writing voice, and the level of commitment they have for a particular piece of writing.
While AI can provide valuable assistance, it’s crucial to emphasize that writing remains a profoundly human activity, and individuals should retain control over their creative process.