ChatGPT is a natural language processing model introduced by San Francisco-based company OpenAI in November 2022, that produces convincing and engaging conversations based on your input.
ChatGPT can complete an array of tasks like answering research questions, language translation, writing songs, and generating computer code. With its remarkable abilities, ChatGPT has rapidly become a popular tool for various applications, from chatbots to content creation.
The introduction of ChatGPT has raised academic integrity issues and concerns.
Some of the key concerns are related to the ways in which ChatGPT can be used to abuse academic and research integrity by submitting essays, projects, etc. that are not their own (plagiarism). There are also concerns about the possible negative impact on students’ critical thinking skills.
There are privacy concerns around the data that models like ChatGPT swallow from the internet and from users, and even problems with the models slandering or libelling people.
No one was asked whether OpenAI could use our data; this is a clear violation of privacy.
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Gao, C.A., Howard, F.M., Markov, N.S., Dyer, E.C., Ramesh, S., Luo, Y. and Pearson, A.T., 2022. Comparing scientific abstracts generated by ChatGPT to original abstracts using an artificial intelligence output detector, plagiarism detector, and blinded human reviewers. bioRxiv, pp.2022-12.
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UNESCO, Sabzalieva, E. and Valentini, A., 2023. ChatGPT and artificial intelligence in higher education: quick start guide.
AI is not new to education, tools such as MS Word, Urkund and Grammarly use AI for grammar correction, spelling, alternative phrasing, etc.
You should not make use of AI in the production of any work for assessment without first discussing this with your lecturer. Your lecturer may ask you not to use this technology, and explain why, and you should respect this position.
There is a huge amount of development of such tools across the world, without any effective regulation. The development and adoption of such tools has major implications for all aspects of higher education and other aspects of life, such as employment and social and political trends.
ATU, like all other higher education bodies across the world, is assessing this rapidly developing field and its implications for learning, teaching and assessment. A new Academic Integrity Policy is being developed for ATU and will be in place for the next academic year.
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