AI in Student Assignments


AI in Student Assignments

It may come as no surprise that some students today are taking advantage of the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help them with their assignments. One popular tool is chatGPT, which can write papers and essays, even poems and computer code. It can be challenging to detect the use of this when students submit their work.

In light of this concern, two articles have recently come out:

Both articles offer practical advice not only for communicating with students about the use of AI, but also actually embracing it and using it to advantage in the classroom. Here some suggestions taken from these articles:

  • Choose a topic and encourage students to use ChatGPT to ask questions, share insights, and collaborate with one another, expanding on the course material and individual knowledge.
  • Instructors can create lesson plans, activities or assignments using ChatGPT.
  • Students can enter information that they know about a topic and use ChatGPT as a tool to organize their thinking around a topic and generate an outline for a paper or project.
  • Identify a question or challenge for students to write a prompt for chatGPT, have students collaboratively develop criteria for assessing chatGPT's responses to their question, and then use those criteria to judge the responses, rating them from best to worst.
  • Have students use chatGPT to write a response to a prompt they have created, and ask students to reflect on chatGPT's output—is it correct or incorrect and what else might they need to research to verify that?
  • Have students use chatGPT to write a response to their prompt, and then have them revise the output from a different angle or perspective.

There are many more suggestions and much greater detail in both of these articles. The FRC, in conjunction with the Office of Online Operations, will offer opportunities for further discussion and strategies for addressing this topic this spring.

Note: Turnitin, the plagiarism detection tool we use in Canvas, is in the process of addressing this concern as well. See "AI writing: The challenge and opportunity in front of education now".

A special note on an upcoming GIFT Exchange:

AI in Academics

Tuesday, February 7, 12:15 pm-1:00 pm
Faculty Resource Center, Columbine 203 (HyFlex format option)
Nathan Bullock, Executive Director for Online Operations
Melinda Lien, Senior Instructional Designer
Angie Dodson, Faculty Development Coordinator

AI in Academics initiates a more formal conversation about the pros and cons of using artificial intelligence tools in higher education. Join us for an interactive session to witness first-hand how AI generates intellectual responses to varied prompts, and then, offer ideas and strategies to proactively embrace this state-of-the-art technology.

Register by Friday, February 3

Last updated January 23, 2023
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