ChatGPT, an advanced chatbot, has capabilities that extend from writing essays to answering complex academic queries. Some college students have started leveraging this tool for academic shortcuts.
In response, many college professors are revamping their teaching methodologies to prevent the misuse of ChatGPT. This move towards adapting educational strategies doesn’t sit well with most educators.
Post-summer, there is an active shift in lesson planning for the forthcoming semester aimed at countering the ChatGPT advantage. Some institutions even weigh the pros and cons of banning generative AI tools outright.
Educators are now focusing on framing more open-ended questions in exams to make it more challenging for students to rely on ChatGPT. While ChatGPT excels in producing answers to direct queries, it falters when tasked with more abstract and creative responses.
Bill Hart-Davidson, the associate dean at Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters, commented to Fortune, “Using ChatGPT to answer direct questions like ‘Explain the Krebs cycle in chemistry in three sentences’ won’t be effective as the chatbot can easily provide a succinct answer.”
Another tactic educators are adopting is reintroducing handwritten tests or conducting oral exams. Since ChatGPT is limited to digital responses and cannot handwrite, it becomes less viable for students to reproduce its generated answers.
Reflecting on this situation, Christopher Bartel, a philosophy professor at Appalachian State University, shared with Insider, “My approach might seem old-fashioned, but I’m considering reverting to oral examinations. While students can use AI to aid their written notes, verbalizing content requires genuine understanding.