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Chat GPT
Chat GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) was created by Open AI (Artificial Intelligence) and was launched to the public on 11/30/2022.  Microsoft has invested billions of dollars into this technology.

ChatGPT has created a lot of chaos and fear due to its ability to facilitate cheating in education.  It is a natural language processing model that is used by computers to derive meaning from text inputs and respond with human-like answers.  This is the same technology used for online chatbots.

Strategies for Understanding and Adapting to AI and Chat GPT


    • Let your students know that you are aware of ChatGPT and how it works.

      • Have a discussion with your students.  See what their thoughts on it are.

      • Share with them your expectations, concerns, and policies.

      • Discuss plagiarism or claiming someone else's work as your own and the penalties.


    • It's important to focus on LEARNING rather than simply completing courses or receiving grades.

      • Discuss how mastery of course learning outcomes and concepts is critical for career success.  (That’s also YOUR success as an instructor.)

      • The ability to write well directly impacts a student's personal and professional growth.

      • Review and refer students to BW’s Academic Honesty Policy.


    • Consider using a variety of assessment types that would limit the use of ChatGPT:

      • Oral presentations (independently or as a component of a written paper).

      • Demonstrations of learning.

      • Team/Group projects.

      • In-class projects.

      • Primary research.

      • A personal narrative section in a written paper.

      • Include questions on exams that relate back to previous writing assignments.


    • Structure papers to be submitted in sequential iterations:  topic, references, outline, rough draft, final paper.

      • Have students include references to items discussed in class.

      • Require APA formatting (Some AI has not reached this level of writing yet).

      • Require a chart or infographic component.


    • Inform students that you will be using BW’s new plagiarism detection tool, “CopyLeaks” to assess written papers. 

      • It has an AI plagiarism detection tool.

      • It will identify papers that are the same/similar.

      • It can identify paraphrasing or the use of text spinners.

      • Learn more about how to use CopyLeaks here (or ask your BW Instructional Designer).

  • ChatGPT "TELLS"

    • To help discern the use of AI apps like ChatGPT, watch for writing that:

      • Lacks human emotion or personal experience.

      • Has an inconsistent style and uses repetitive phrases or filler words.

      • Has questionable accuracy or lacks recent knowledge (past 1-2 years).

      • Contains suspicious academic sources and references that your students would not have access to.

      • Is unable to analyze evidence accurately.


    • There are many ways that both faculty and students can use ChatGPT for beneficial results.

      • To promote critical thinking or creativity, ask ChatGPT a question and then have students analyze the answer and share their thoughts.

      • Have ChatGPT produce discussion prompts on a topic and let students work in groups to develop their responses.

      • Play “20 Questions” in class with ChatGPT.  Tell ChatGPT that it is a famous person, place, element, concept, etc., and that you want to play 20 questions and answer with only yes or no.  Students must then ask the questions to determine who/what ChatGPT is.

      • Use it to create study guides, review questions, or quizzes.

      • How to Cite ChatGPT when used.


Remember, AI is everywhere in our world today and will continue to expand.  Your students are graduating into a world filled with AI programming.  Your best defense is a good offense.  Consider the possibilities this presents and adapt, embrace, or pivot!

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