Artificial intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools have developed the capacity to generate writing. The possibilities and concerns are many, and the landscape is changing daily. The tool which has received the most attention lately is ChatGPT and students are already using this tool, including for work submitted at the end of the Fall 2022 semester.
Chatgpt 101 - What it is, how it works
As you prepare for the semester, the CTE strongly recommends the following for all faculty:
- A statement on your syllabus. Make it clear whether, when, and how you view this tool as one that students are permitted to use in your course. Examples of syllabus language can be found here.
- Discussions about ethics. Have open conversations in your class that address the following:
- What might AI-produced writing mean for your course or your field?
- Examples where and how AI-produced writing might appear in your field
- The role of AI in the writing process – for instance, if a human writes content and then AI cleans it up, how is that different from AI providing the first draft and then a human edits and revises?
- Assessments and assignments that support your ethical view on AI. Be consistent – if you embrace the use of AI, make it clear in your assignments where AI is to be used. If you do not plan to permit the use of AI, then be clear that this is your policy and explain the consequences and reasoning for this pedagogical decision.
- Student privacy. Do not require students to sign up for an account on AI software (such as ChatGPT) using a Bryant email. Create a dummy email (or encourage students to create their own) or use an account specifically to demonstrate the tool in class.
- Reflections. Have discussions about what the tool does well, who it helps, and how it might change the writing and tasks you and your students already encounter.
- Why a student would use AI tools. If your concerns include a student using this tool in an impermissible way, consider what incentives you have in your course that would make a student consider “cheating.” How much work are you requiring? When? Do the students know what is expected of them? Are you responsive with questions in person and via email?
There are innumerable articles on the topic of AI writing tools and large language learning models. For additional suggestions about how to view the impact of this tool on college writing and suggestions for course and syllabus design, see:
- Suspicion, Cheating and Bans: A.I. Hits America’s Schools – Daily Podcast, NY Times
- 4 Steps to Help You Plan for ChatGPT in Your Classroom – Flower Darby, Chronicle
- Update Your Course Syllabus for chatGPT – Ryan Watkins, George Washington University
- ChatGPT: A Must See Before the Semester Begins – Cynthia Alby, Georgia College
- ChatGPT: A Library Perspective – Allison Papini, Bryant Univeristy
- Walking Through 6 Ways to Use ChatGPT to Learn Code – Brian Blais, Bryant University
- ChatGPT on Campus: Assessing its Effects on College Writing and Teaching – Zoe Keller, Yale News
- Why All Our Classes Suddenly Became AI Classes – Ethan Mollick and Lilach Mollick, Havard Business Publishing-Education
- How AUC Faculty Are Addressing AI in Their Teaching in Spring 2023 – Maha Bali and Hoda Mostafa, the American University in Cairo
- ChatGPT: Educational Friend or Foe – Todd Zakrajsek, Director -ITLC-Lilly Conferences on Evidence-Based Teaching
- How ChatGPT Bested Me and Worsted My Students – Brandi Lawless, Inside Higher Ed
AI Writing tools
In the last few months, several AI writing assistants have surfaced in the market, all vying to dethrone ChatGPT as the king of content writing. These new tools aimed to simplify the writing process by generating lengthy texts, researching relevant keywords, creating image representations from written content, and more.
However, while using AI writers offers benefits like saving time, generating ideas and helping with drafts, it’s not without its downsides. The generated content may require additional editing to ensure it’s polished and accurate, and it may also lack the distinctive voice and style that a human writer can provide.
We have put together a list of AI Writing tools to help you understand what is currently available. Most of these tools have some from of a trial, but do cost a weekly or monthly fee (which can be significant) to unlock more features or remove limitations:
- Writesonic: A versatile AI writer that generates high-quality copy in loads of situations and languages. It offers an easy learning curve and its content “sounds human”.
- Jasper: Powerful capabilities but a steeper learning curve. Jasper has great AI writing features and its plagiarism model is quite accurate.
- Article Forge: A fast AI writing assistant that can create content fast and mostly accurate. However, you will be required to do more editing compared to other “higher-end” AI writing assistants.
- Ink: AI-generated content that is search engine optimized. Ink has writing templates and image generation capabilities, so it can be a “one-stop shop” for content.
- AI Generated Detection Tool: GPT-2 Output Detector Demo
- Blog: How Adaptable AI Writing Tools are to Avoid AI Detection Tools
- Video: How Machines Learn
- Google Doc: Artificial Intelligence – A Discussion for Education
- Teaching Newsletter: Show Us Your Syllabus – Chatbot Edition
- AI Detectecion Tool – GPTZero
- Google Doc: ChatGPT – Understanding the New Landscape and Short-term Solutions
- Zotero – ChatGPT Resource Group