College profs to use paper exams to prevent cheating with ChatGPT

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By Dan Sears

College professors who say they have caught dozens of students cheating by using OpenAI’s artificial intelligence-powered bot ChatGPT say they will revert to paper exams this fall.

“We’re in full-on crisis mode,” Timothy Main, a writing professor at Canada’s Conestoga College, wrote on social media recently, saying that he “caught dozens” of his students who plagiarized using ChatGPT.

Main told the Associated Press that he had students turn in assignments that were lifted word for word from ChatGPT without even bothering to read what they had copied.

“I had answers come in that said, ‘I am just an AI language model, I don’t have an opinion on that,’” Main said.

This fall, Main and colleagues are overhauling the school’s required freshman writing course.

Writing assignments will be more personalized to encourage students to write about their own experiences, opinions and perspectives.

All assignments and the course syllabi will have strict rules forbidding the use of artificial intelligence.

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College professors are grappling with how to limit their students from utilizing ChatGPT. The above image shows Robin Kolodny (left), a political science professor, and Eunsook Ha Rhee, an associate professor of instruction, during a faculty teaching circle on artificial intelligence at Temple University in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Robin Kolodny (left), a political science professor, and Eunsook Ha Rhee, an associate professor of instruction, during a faculty teaching circle on artificial intelligence at Temple University in Philadelphia on Wednesday. College professors are grappling with how to limit their students from utilizing ChatGPT.
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Darren Hick, who teaches philosophy at Furman University, said he caught at least two students who cheated using ChatGPT.

“There is going to be a big shift back to paper-based tests,” said Bonnie MacKellar, a computer science professor at St. John’s University in Queens.

The discipline already had a “massive plagiarism problem” with students borrowing computer code from friends or cribbing it from the internet, said MacKellar.

She worries that intro-level students taking AI shortcuts are cheating themselves out of skills needed for upper-level classes.


Some professors have said they will revert to paper exams in order to crack down on student cheating through the use of ChatGPT.
Some professors have said they will revert to paper exams in order to crack down on student cheating through the use of ChatGPT.
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“I hear colleagues in humanities courses saying the same thing: It’s back to the blue books,” MacKellar said.

In addition to requiring students in her intro courses to handwrite their code, the paper exams will count for a higher percentage of the grade this fall, she said.

Students who are accustomed to using technological advances to take exams will have to get used to more rudimentary methods of test-taking.

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Ronan Takizawa, a sophomore at Colorado College, has never heard of a blue book.

As a computer science major, that feels to him like going backward, but he agrees it would force students to learn the material.


OpenAI's ChatGPT has been shown to outperform humans in testing for various fields including obstetrics and gynecology as well as business.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT has been shown to outperform humans in testing for various fields including obstetrics and gynecology as well as business.
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“Most students aren’t disciplined enough to not use ChatGPT,” he said. Paper exams “would really force you to understand and learn the concepts.”

Takizawa said students are at times confused about when it’s OK to use AI and when it’s cheating.

Using ChatGPT to help with certain homework like summarizing reading seems no different from going to YouTube or other sites that students have used for years, he said.

ChatGPT has been able to match — or in some cases outperform — humans in several fields, including mock exams in obstetrics and gynecology, reasoning questions usually put forward in standardized tests, and the MBA exam given by the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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The rapid advancement of ChatGPT and other AI-powered bots has fueled concerns that the new technology will render millions of people jobless within a few years.

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