OpenAI Releases Guide for Teachers on ChatGPT Amid Cheating Concerns

As students return to school, OpenAI offers guidance on the responsible use of ChatGPT in classrooms.

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OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, has released a guide for educators on integrating the chatbot into classroom activities. This move comes after concerns arose about students using the AI tool for cheating.

However, OpenAI warns educators that tools claiming to detect AI-generated content in student assignments are not consistently reliable. The company’s own tests found that even classic texts like Shakespeare’s works and the Declaration of Independence were mistakenly flagged as AI-generated.

Furthermore, these detectors often mislabel content from non-native English speakers as AI-generated, a concern previously highlighted by The Markup.

Since its launch, ChatGPT has gained traction among students for its ability to produce human-like text, aiding in tasks like essay writing and research. However, educators worry that students might misuse the tool, presenting the AI’s output as their own or becoming overly reliant on it, especially given its occasional inaccuracies.

A recent survey revealed that within a month of ChatGPT’s November 2022 release, professors identified instances of students using the chatbot to cheat on essays. Moreover, one in four teachers reported catching students cheating with ChatGPT.

To address these concerns, OpenAI suggests educators ask students to save and submit their ChatGPT interactions alongside their assignments. This approach allows students to reflect on their growth in framing questions, analyzing AI responses, and synthesizing information.

OpenAI also reminds users that ChatGPT, like all AI models, can exhibit biases and stereotypes. Therefore, both users and educators should critically assess its outputs.

OpenAI has yet to comment on Insider’s request for further information.

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