With the rise of the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, colleges are restructuring some courses and taking preventive measures.
By Kalley Huang
Kalley Huang, who covers youth and technology from San Francisco, interviewed more than 30 professors, students and university administrators for this article.
While grading essays for his world religions course last month, Antony Aumann, a professor of philosophy at Northern Michigan University, read what he said was easily “the best paper in the class.” It explored the morality of burqa bans with clean paragraphs, fitting examples and rigorous arguments.
A red flag instantly went up.
Mr. Aumann confronted his student over whether he had written the essay himself. The student confessed to using ChatGPT, a chatbot that delivers information, explains concepts and generates ideas in simple sentences — and, in this case, had written the paper.
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