Will ChatGPT Exacerbate Cheating on College Writing?

Probably less than you think. There is a small constant of students who cheat in college and ChatGPT is unlikely to change that. ChatGPT can help students brainstorm topics and get a Wikipedia-depth knowlege on it. The new AI is unlikely to threaten the human creativity required to compose good writing. Educators will likely have to embrace, rather than resist, this new technology. Source: Hariadhi; wikicommons images College educators are understandably concerned that the new artificial intelligence , ChatGPT, will exacerbate the already serious problem of cheating in college. The AI, launched in November 2022, is the most advanced chatbot to date, capable of understanding natural human language and engaging in (almost) humanlike conversation. The fear in academia stems from the realistic possibility that college students will use the AI to write their essays for them, making the age-old required freshman writing seminar an empty exercise and rendering college writing instructors (like myself) obsolete. Gulp. ChatGPT is less threatening than you think. But these fears might be overblown (she says, hopefully). It's likely this new, exciting technology will enjoy an acute spike in interest and media coverage, only to die down quickly as the next Big Thing in tech comes along. ChatGPT is fun to play around with (if you haven't tried it out, it's free and easy to use once you create an account), delivering quick, Wikipedia-like explanations on things; but, at least in my limited interaction with it, it feels more chatbot than human, repeating some […]

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