• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 3 comments on Many BU Students Study with ChatGPT. A Few Admit Cheating with It

  1. I was thrilled to read about this research. As an instructor currently piloting an AI-intensive version of a first-year writing and research course, I agree that that students want and need more guidance about GAI use and misuse. But as the director of the Writing Program, I was dismayed by the perception that “flowery prose…might pass muster in a writing class.” In the Writing Program, we value writing that suits the writer’s purpose in the context in which they are writing.

  2. Having received an email from a friends at BU stating that I was mentioned in a BU Today article, I thought I was being spammed. After all, it’s been a very long time. But I found the article very interesting, even though the reference to me was somewhat transitory given the context of the article. Last year, when I was preparing a presentation on the high cost of college tuition I queried ChatGPT for some information on the topic. This is a subject which I happen to know a lot about. No mater how I posed questions I found that the vast majority of what came out was mostly wrong or irrelevant. I suspect that the more generalized questions will yield the most unrelated information. But the ChatGPT output about me was half right. While I don’t have an infectious laugh I do laugh. And while it’s alleged that I can’t cook, I’m pretty good at holiday breakfasts. To my BU friends….I miss you! –

  3. To better understand the usage of AI in classrooms, I feel that professors need to address it early on in the classroom setting. With how it is becoming the norm for students to use ChatGPT and other AI, I believe there is no way to ban the usage 100%. Students will always find loopholes and different ways to avoid detection and I think it should be best to teach students to use it honestly and properly. It should not come as a shocker that many students use this tool to speed up homework and assignments, but there should be ways to teach students to use it responsibly. I believe the best way to incentivize proper usage is to allow students to feel the satisfaction of completing an assignment without having to even think about turning to AI to help explain or give them any tips. Many reasons I see students even turn to AI is because they believe there is a huge gap between what their professors can help them with and what they understand. To help aid the learning process, it becomes beneficial to watch YouTube videos and links to helpful websites but, courses can be difficult if students feel inclined to just hop on ChatGPT and paste the prompt in. It is completely up to the university to solidify its standing on AI usage and how it intends to teach the proper usage of AI within classes. Hopefully, since AI is here to stay for a long time, Boston University can find a way to incorporate it!

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