Ever since the chatbot ChatGPT launched in November, educators have raised concerns it could facilitate cheating.
Some school districts have banned access to the bot, and not without reason. The artificial intelligence tool from the company OpenAI can compose poetry. It can write computer code. It can maybe even pass an MBA exam.
One Wharton professor recently fed the chatbot the final exam questions for a core MBA course and found that, despite some surprising math errors, he would have given it a B or a B-minus in the class.
And yet, not all educators are shying away from the bot.
This year, Mollick is not only allowing his students to use ChatGPT, they are required to. And he has formally adopted an A.I. policy into his syllabus for the first time.
He teaches classes in entrepreneurship and innovation, and said the early indications were the move was going great.
“The truth is, I probably couldn’t have stopped them even if I didn’t require it,” Mollick said.
This week he ran a session where students were asked to come up with ideas for their class project. Almost everyone had ChatGPT running and were asking it to generate projects, and then they interrogated the bot’s ideas with further prompts.
“And the ideas so far are great, partially as a result of that set of interactions,” Mollick said.
He readily admits he alternates between enthusiasm and anxiety about how artificial intelligence can change assessments in the classroom, but he believes educators need to move with the times.
“We taught people how to do math in a world with calculators,” he said. Now the challenge is for educators to teach students how the world has changed again, and how they can adapt to that.
Mollick’s new policy states that using A.I. is an “emerging skill”; that it can be wrong and students should check its results against other sources; and that they will be responsible for any errors or omissions provided by the tool.
And, perhaps most importantly, students need to acknowledge when and how they have used it.
“Failure to do so is in violation of academic honesty policies,” the policy reads.
Source: ‘Everybody is cheating’: Why this teacher has adopted an open ChatGPT policy : NPR