College Professors Look To ‘ChatGPT-Proof’ Assignments To Minimize Cheating

The launch of ChatGPT by OpenAI in November of 2022 saw a huge revolution across the world.

So many industries were impacted and the world of academics was certainly no exception. While for students, this meant an easy way out to do their assignments as they viewed it as their most helpful and trusted assistant of all time.

Essays were being produced in seconds and it’s clear the professors were losing their cool. After all, cheating and plagiarism seemed to be at an all-time high.

But now, college professors are having their say and they’re on the lookout for ways through which they can make assignments that are free from ChatGPT. And it makes sense because students may not realize it now, but they’re really missing out on this learning endeavor by cutting corners through AI and its respective tools.

Today, most AI-generated content is not only based on inaccurate facts but they’re prone to so many errors that go unnoticed by the student that trusts the tool so much that they fail to even proofread it once.

One professor from New York’s St. John’s University says she no longer has faith in digital examinations and wants students to embark on a learning journey where exams are taken on paper, instead of the computer. This way, they’re handwriting codes and she wants to ensure that makes up a huge chunk of their final grade this semester.

She further highlighted the matter of AI technology stunting the entire learning curve and keeping people unprepared for the future’s challenges. So as the old saying goes, things are going back to the era of blue books.

Other teachers are looking to counter the AI cheating game by altering the ways through which questions are asked so that students can better showcase their work. So now, students would be asked to showcase how they got the answer to a particular question that was asked in an exam or an assignment.

Moreover, requests to be more explicit while producing an answer and also reflect on what is being written are other guidelines that some professional educators are resorting to. This is to put an end to rote answers and the reproduction of mere facts that they may have seen online through AI.

So that means saying goodbye to simple queries and reframing questions in a manner that has the student really think twice, leveling the playing field for all so that they can benefit. There is no harm in making students use their brains and think outside the box, another professor commented.

Other suggestions included enforcing the rule of having students display their work with editing history as well as any drafts, alongside the final assignment. For those of you wondering why, well, a draft on Word would include a list of typos that were fixed and those sentences would be rephrased to show that some human produced the final essay.


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