AI causing concern among professors at Utah Tech University

by Lindsey Francy Mar 19, 2023 News
AI causing concern among professors at Utah Tech University
Use Of Ai Causes Concern Amongst Professors

The city of St. is located in the northeastern part of the United States Utah Tech University professors are concerned about the use of artificial intelligence in classwork.

Utah Tech University received more than $2.5 million in performance funding as well as support for a number of community outreach initiatives from the Utah State Legislature during the 2023 legislative session | Photo courtesy of Utah Tech University, St. George News

An artificially intelligent chat box that gives human-like responses to any prompt it is given was launched on Nov. 30 by Openai.

There are a few websites where members can log in, input a prompt or question, and receive artificial speech, marketing messages or even full essays.

The professors are worried that this could lead to cheating and a decrease in critical thinking among students. The English professors at Utah Tech University addressed the topic on their show.

Students need a general understanding of how to solve an equation when using a calculator. The student would not have been able to think about the topic in a unique way.

The teachers decided that a writing tool that was similar to the use of a calculator would not be an artificial intelligence.

Jasmine said they expected unique thought and writing.

The meat of the pie is critical thinking, he said. The critical thinking aspect of learning could be taken away by using artificial intelligence.

The whole argument on their behalf has been made by it.

Snow falling at the corner of University Avenue and 100 South right outside Utah Tech University, St. George, Utah, Jan. 30, 2023 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

Whether or not the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom should be considered plagiarism or cheating is one of the ethical questions posed by the new technology.

Jasmine said it might not be cheating.

He explained that since the work is generated from the internet and not directly copying another person's work, it might not be considered plagiarizing.

It isn't technically plagiarism if it originated language, but it is technically plagiarism if it isn't the student's words.

He has been teaching for 25 years. He used to know when students were plagiarizing. If students use artificial intelligence to generate all their assignments, he could detect a shift in tone.

If they are going to take a short cut and not fully develop their skills, then they are going to do that.

He had a similar viewpoint on students who don't use homework as an opportunity to learn and instead use it to pass the class.

He said that as an instructor you can't force anyone to learn. I can't stay up at night and not be upset that they worked so hard to not learn.

In-class generated work is being used by many professors to make sure students can understand concepts without using technology. The professors spoke for their classrooms and not for the University as a whole.

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