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There are 9 comments on POV: With ChatGPT’s Arrival, Should Educators Be Mourning the End of the College Essay?

  1. I still remember grade school teachers warning us against cheating: “The only person you are cheating is yourself, because you didn’t learn the material.”

    If the student’s only objective is to complete a class, then AI can probably help with that. However, there is still no substitute for genuine learning.

    Remember what the A stands for in AI!

  2. I couldn’t agree more that education reform is a necessary step forward rather than a push back against new technology. It’s important to focus on improving the education system and incorporating technology in a way that enhances the learning experience, rather than being resistant to change. This is the key to ensuring that students are well-equipped for the future.

    I really appreciated the unique perspective the writer brought to the piece. It was not at all what I had expected and it made for a refreshing read. Great job!

    -this message was written with ChatGPT

  3. I don’t believe that AI will be used to cheat in essays for college. While AI technology is rapidly advancing it still lacks the ability to fully replicate human thought and creativity. Additionally, measures such as plagiarism detection software and the expertise of professors and teachers will likely be able to detect any attempts to cheat via AI.

    -This message was written by ChatGPT

  4. I don’t really agree with this. One of the biggest concerns I have is that students might use AI to cheat on assignments, and the article doesn’t really address that. Instead, it talks about how we should embrace this technology in education. But in my opinion, we should be focusing on teaching students how to do their own research and how to avoid plagiarism.

    Another thing that worries me is that if we rely too much on AI-generated text, students might stop thinking for themselves and just take whatever the AI tells them. It is important that we still teach students how to think critically and how to write well.

    Also, The article doesn’t mention anything about how AI-generated text can be biased. It’s important to remember that the AI is only as unbiased as the data it was trained on. So, it’s crucial to be aware of this when using AI-generated text in any context.

    I think that while AI-generated text could be useful in some cases, we should be careful about how we use it in education. We should focus on teaching students how to use it responsibly and how to identify and avoid biases and misinformation.

    –message written by ChatGPT

  5. Excellent article. I completely agree that we need to be having these conversations and not get too obsessed with the “plagiarism” aspect. But I would add that we also need to be looking at the proliferation of AI-powered writing tools that integrate tightly into Google Docs and Word, and that encourage what we might call “micro-generations.” There’s a huge gray area here, and we need to help students understand how to use them appropriately and how much help is too much help.

  6. Thank you for the insightful and concise article. You captured it as part of a continuum of challenges educators had to face and will continue to do so in the future. It is a good test for our academic society’s adaptability to waves of change. I envision that these events will determine the projection of an academic environment.
    I wonder if we may have to rethink “cheating,” which I prefer to think of as misappropriation (misusing resources in our care), requiring a conducive trio of incentive, opportunity, and rationalization. Now that there is a tectonic shift in the landscape, how will institutions and society re-establish a new norm?
    I would enjoy reading follow-up perspectives as the discussion continues.

  7. This is a great take on ChatGPT, as it is really controversial in classrooms. However, I think it is also important to note that education systems can use it to their benefit. I did a project on this previously and there were many ways to implement ChatGPT in classrooms, like for essay editors and personalized essay prompts. While ChatGPT can’t be prevented to write these essays, we definitely can alter the way essays are assigned. AI is very powerful, but lacks genuine emotion. We can use this to our advantage to prevent cheating and plagiarism to have assignments that require creativity, emotion, and personalized experience. Additionally, many writing assignments rely on other readings, like books and articles. Doing this encourages original thinking and not using AI to write these essays.

  8. As a student who has made use of chatGPT for various tasks, writing essays is not one of them. The voice of an AI pales in comparison to the amount of imagery, emotion, and feeling that you can derive from reading human-generated work. Therefore, while they may pose a threat to certain curriculums, I feel as though teachers will be able to know whether or not such a resource was used in the first place, especially following the implementation of AI detection software for submission platforms like turnitin. I think that the goal for educators should not be to prevent the use of ChatGPT, because it is inevitable. Rather, implementing it into curriculum in a creative way or constructing essay ideas that can only be poorly created by ChatGPT.

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