ChatGPT raises cheating concerns at schools (includes video story)

The use of artificial intelligence apps by students is raising concerns in schools, prompting teachers to use detection tools when grading assignments.

ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence bot that uses a large language model, is trained to predict the next word in a sentence by analyzing massive amounts of internet text. According to Patricia McDermott-Wells, an associate professor at the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences at FIU, professors should look at the process of how students write their papers and not only the final product.

“Just looking at the final product doesn’t really tell you that the student has actually internalized any of the material,” McDermott-Wells said. “If we focus on the process more, I think that would help to ensure that the student is going through it in a proper way, in particular with A.I. tools.”

Since ChatGPT’s launch last year, professors believe it could help students to cheat. The question is whether the current detection tools to review assignments like Turnitin are reliable.

As more artificial intelligence detection tools develop, it’ll be up to schools to decide if they should be required by university policy.

Claudia Morales is a junior FIU student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Digital Communications/Broadcasting. She obtained an associates degree in Mass Communications/Journalism from Miami Dade College. She served as a photographer for The Reporter, the student newspaper at Miami Dade College. She also studied abroad in France and Italy, where she acquired knowledge about globalized media.