AI is growing in everyday use, especially with the introduction of products like ChatGPT. It's a way to write something like an essay in seconds with the work being done for you. (Credit: CanvaPro) LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The introduction of Artificial Intelligence into our culture this year has brought a new evolution in how we access information. The ever-evolving technology is forcing schools into a dilemma asking, “How do we handle this new frontier?” AI is growing in everyday use, especially with the introduction of products like ChatGPT. It's a way to write something like an essay in seconds with the work being done for you. Now, schools are scrambling to adapt. SEE ALSO: 2 arrested, 1 wanted in Lynchburg Super 8 drug bust; meth, cocaine, firearms seized Dr. Leslie Layne is an expert in college writing for the University of Lynchburg who's been studying AI's impact on writing since its rise late last year. She said the problem with AI is how easy it makes it for students to cheat. “It's an academic integrity violation if you put your name on something as though you wrote it and it's actually somebody else's writing which is plagiarizing,” Layne explained. “Students know, if you use it that's cheating.” The University doesn't have an official policy on the use of AI yet, but it's something they're working on this summer. The problem is that they want students to be able to use it as a resource, but they don't want it to do the work for them. “It's good at giving you an outline; giving you something to work with so you don't start from a blank page, which is really nice,” Dr. Layne explained. “And I think that's a benefit for the future too.” Amherst County Public Schools are also working on an official policy this summer. Superintendent Dr. William Wells said there's a fine line they're trying to walk. SEE ALSO: ALERT: Air quality plummets in Virginia due to wildfires in Canada “I don't think we need to bar it,” Dr. Wells said. “I don't think we can. […]
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