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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Gao

ChatGPT and the Future of Public Education

Is AI corrupting our education system? How do we preserve academic integrity when a student can generate an essay, math solution, or code program from a one line prompt?

Concerns have arisen regarding the use of emerging AI tools like ChatGPT, which could potentially lead to unfair assessments and student evaluations. Students might be tempted to rely on ChatGPT or similar AI tools for quick answers rather than engaging in the learning process themselves. However, AI may have the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of higher education through data driven analytics, personalized instruction, support for curriculum development, and the provision of immediate automated feedback.

To address these challenges, educational institutions have several options:

1. Update Honor Codes: One approach is to revise honor codes to explicitly

prohibit the use of ChatGPT or similar AI tools. There are already existing counter AI models that can predict the use of chatbots. However, AI tools will continue to become more powerful and less trackable, which would lead to an endless arms race between the university administration and students.

An output from ZeroGPT, an ChatGPT detector

2. Embrace and Adapt to AI: Instead of an outright ban, universities and colleges

should embrace and adapt to the evolving digital landscape. They can employ

various strategies to ensure fair evaluations:

  • Shift Exam Content: Design exams that require critical thinking and personal reflection, making it less likely for AI tools to generate answers.

  • Diversify Evaluation Formats: Include multiple evaluation formats such as seminar discussions and oral presentations, which cannot be easily replicated by AI.

  • Continuous Assessment: Implement routine discussions and assessments throughout the course, rather than relying solely on a single final essay. This approach ensures ongoing comprehension checks. However, it is important to note that these changes may require additional effort from teachers and institutions to implement effectively.

  • AI education: Teach students about the ethical implications of AI, including privacy, bias, and fairness, to prepare them to navigate AI technologies responsibly and safely throughout life.

The Verdict of AI?

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, educational institutions must continually assess the impact of new technologies on their teaching and evaluation methods. This ongoing evaluation will help strike a balance between leveraging benefits and upholding the integrity of education.

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