University of Pennsylvania professor allows students to use ChatGPT AI in the classroom: "Everybody is cheating"

Amarie M.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging in many facets of everyday life and will, no doubt, soon be used to replace an even more significant part of the way things are done, including academic and scientific work. ChatGPT is such a tool that operates as an AI-powered chatbot, which a Penn Univ. professor allows to be used in his classroom.

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University of Pennsylvania Wharton School professor, Ethan Mollick, proposes that humans and machines need to work together since we are now in an AI world. He tested the abilities of AI chatbot, ChatGPT, to see if it could pass an MBA exam, and it did (source).

ChatGPT, released publicly by OpenAI, has reached somewhat of a celebrity status. It's so popular that one new report says it's got everybody talking to it, with it registering over one million users in a week. OpenAI gives a disclaimer though that ChatGPT is not perfect and sometimes returns answers that are problematic (source).

This has not deterred Professor Mollick from allowing his students to use ChatGPT in the classroom. When asked why he stated:

I think everybody is cheating ... I mean, it's happening. So what I'm asking students to do is just be honest with me. Tell me what they use ChatGPT for, tell me what they used as prompts to get it to do what they want, and that's all I'm asking from them. The truth is, I probably couldn't have stopped them even if I didn't require it

One example of how the professor uses ChatGPT in the classroom is by asking students to brainstorm ideas for a class project. He states that they used ChatGPT to generate project ideas, and then they interrogated the bot's results with additional prompts. It was a collaboration.

In a statement about how the bot affects learning, he said:

I don't think human nature changes as a result of ChatGPT.

It is no secret that we are living in a technological society that will continue to challenge and change the landscape regarding social, technical, and institutional processes. Professor Mollick is just suggesting that these changes are inevitable and we should all just get with the program and work with them instead of against them.


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