Continuing discussion – The Ithacans

Continuing discussion – The Ithacans

With the official launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, students and faculty across the country are being asked key questions about how artificial intelligence (AI) is used in the classroom, what constitutes “cheating” and what this new technology means for students. The future of higher education.

Many colleges across the country, including Ithaca College, currently do not have formal statewide policies that the entire school must follow. This leaves faculty having to make their own decisions about how, and if, to allow students to use AI.

According to a survey he conducted Forbes in October 2023out of 500 current teachers across the United States at all school levels, 60% use AI in the classroom and 55% believe AI has improved educational outcomes.

Jenna Linskens, director of the Center for Instructional Design and Instructional Technology, has been bringing together open conversations with the campus community, in partnership with the Center for Faculty Excellence, beginning in January 2023.

“Some of the things we heard was that faculty really needed some guidance on the curriculum statement,” Linskens said. “We have compiled and organized a list of curriculum data from colleges around the world and shared it with faculty so they can incorporate that data.”

Linskens said She knows professors who teach anthropology, biology, and screenwriting from Ban the use of artificial intelligence in classrooms. However, some professors, like Diane Jayeske, a professor in the Department of Strategic Communication, carefully implement it into their curricula.

Gaeske said she began requiring AI in the classroom during the spring 2023 semester using platforms like Chat GPT and cite.AI. scite.AI is a tool designed to make searching easier and more efficient.

“My students are expected to use AI in future jobs,” Gaeske said. “It’s just like using any other tools like Google Sheets or PowerpointR. …It’s also an emerging technology, and it’s an area I teach. Artificial intelligence is very much on the horizon.”

Sophomore Jamie Kay Smith noticed an uptick in the number of professors outlining AI policies in their courses this semester. In the “Power of Injustice” class Smith took during the fall 2023 semester, she said her professor encouraged students to use AI to compare their own essays with work the AI ​​had created on the same topic.

“We had to review and scrutinize small discrepancies,” Smith said. “(For example), the AI ​​copy started mentioning characters that weren’t in the book. There were parts that were consistent but others didn’t line up.

Student Isabella Lambert is currently taking a class in sports analytics where they are talking about how AI technology can increase injury prediction and data analytics in sports. Analysis by Acceleration economy Discusses how data-driven prediction analysis is currently being used by the National Football League, leading to injury reduction lower extremities 26%.

“Having some knowledge of any type of artificial intelligence is a big direction for the future of the sports industry,” Lambert said. “If you know how to cite AI properly, you should be able to use it like any other source.”

Smith said she sometimes uses artificial intelligence to help find sources of information and create a starting point that relieves stress.

“But that’s where I try to draw the line,” Smith said. “I pride myself on having things in my work that are unique to me and my writing styleH. …AI will not be able to model my personal idea of ​​how to do something.

Some of the major concerns about using AI in the classroom stem from the fear that students will create research papers without putting any effort into writing them themselves. Smith said academic integrity has come into question with other students who may see it as “the easy way out.”

“I think we’re all here to get an education,” Smith said. “Using AI to go beyond this… RChicken what’s the point? Just to get to graduateH, But what can you say you learned at the end of the day?

Jaysky said sStudents have found different ways to cheat over the past 100 years, one example being paying someone else to write their paper.

“The bottom line is, if people want to cheat, they will cheat,” Gaeske said. “There are a lot of ways around this, in particular I ask students on exams or papers to think very specifically about the readings or about the lectures and classroom discussions.”

While many concerns seem to be directed at how students use AI, Jayske SaID sStudents can return the same question to their professors.

“I think it will be used on both sides of the teaching experience,” Gaeske said. “I think students wouldn’t like it if they thought professors were just using AI to create all the content and grade papers. Professors don’t expect students to use AI to do all their work. I think it would be a matter of negotiation.”

In the current Academic Integrity Policy, section Possible academic misconduct It does not specifically mention the use of artificial intelligence. Luke Keller, professor of physics and astronomyy The chair of the Policy Subcommittee of the IC’s Academic Policy Committee said there are ongoing discussions about how to include AI in the list of current examples.

“Our committee members agree that the final decisions and definitions of the use of AI in students’ academic work should be up to the teacher,” Keller said via email. “It is important to note that the APC’s review of the Standards of Academic Conduct simply includes the use of generative AI in the existing listR. …We need a group of faculty, students and staff to work out the details of how to implement this policy and provide guidance.

Keller said He. She It could take a few College Council meetings to determine the policy, with the possibility of bringing it back to the APC for further discussion.

Moving forward, Linskens and her department are working on two new developments: an AI literacy course for students in Canvas and a faculty resource course that will help guide professors in modifying their assignments or assessments with emerging technology in mind.

“This is really a big part of what AI disruption means,” Linskens said. “We are seeing that faculty are starting to think about changing the way they create assignments for students or assess student learning in order to get a more realistic assessment.”

After her discussions with people around campus, Linskens said IIt is important for faculty and students to have open one-on-one conversations about how each uses AI.

“Ultimately, it’s a tool that helps anyone be more productive, more effective in their writing, and more consistent in their work when used correctly,” Linskens said. “So I encourage the conversation to remain open.”

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