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Is It OK for Students to Use ChatGPT? More Teachers Say Yes

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Many teachers worry that students might use ChatGPT to cheat but also hope it can help them learn faster.

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Nearly a year after the launch of ChatGPT, teachers and professors across the U.S. are realizing they can't ban or ignore a tool that many of their students are eagerly using. For many, ChatGPT is changing how they teach and evaluate their students. Concern about students using ChatGPT to cheat or cut corners is tempered by hopes that it can help them learn faster. And many teachers say that students should be encouraged to use bots because employers will expect them to have learned that skill.

David Joyner, who oversees an online master's degree program in computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, compares using AI to seeking help from classmates. He says it is fine to ask a fellow student to explain a concept or describe how a problem can be solved, but asking someone else to do your homework would be cheating. The same applies to working with bots, Joyner says.

Teachers also want students to understand the technology's limits. James Hendler, who teaches artificial intelligence at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, tells students to ask ChatGPT to write a two-page essay about a topic they already know well. Then the students are asked to correct mistakes made by the bot and find references to verify the statements they believe are true.

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