Universities revamping how they teach due to AI intervention

Original source:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  While grading essays for his world religions course last month, Antony Aumann, a professor of philosophy at Northern Michigan University, read what he said was easily “the best paper in the class”. It explored the morality of burqa bans with clean paragraphs, examples and rigorous arguments. A red flag went up. Aumann confronted his student over whether he had written the essay himself. The student confessed to using ChatGPT, an AI bot that delivers information,
explains concepts and generates ideas in simple sentences – and, in this case, had written the paper. Alarmed by his discovery, Aumann decided to transform his courses this semester. He plans to require students to write first drafts in the classroom, using browsers
that restrict computer activity. In later drafts, students have to explain each revision. Aumann also plans to weave ChatGPT into lessons by asking students to evaluate the chabot’s responses.
Across the US, professors and administrators are starting to overhaul classrooms in response to ChatGPT, prompting a potentially huge shift in teaching and learning. Some professors, including at George Washington University in Washington, are redesigning their courses entirely, making changes that include more oral exams and handwritten papers in lieu of typed ones. The moves are part of a real-time
grappling with a new technological wave known as generative artificial intelligence. Some universities like Harvard University said they planned to use detectors to root out the use of Al. Plagiarism detection service Turnitin said it would incorporate more features for identifying Al, including ChatGPT, this year.

Universities are also aiming to educate students about the new Al tools. The University at Buffalo in New York and Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, said they planned to embed a discussion of Al tools into required courses that teach students about concepts such as academic integrity. “We want to prevent things from happening instead of catch them when they happen,” said Kelly Ahuna, who directs the academic integrity office at the University at Buffalo. Generative Al is in its early days. Al lab OpenAl, which released ChatGPT in November, is expected to soon release another tool, GPT-4, which is better atgenerating text. Google has built LaMDA, a rival chatbot, and Microsoft is discussing a $10 billion investment in OpenAl. An OpenAl official said the lab recognised its tool could be used to deceive people and said it was developing technology to help people identify text generated by ChatGPT.

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