Edtech giants and plucky start-ups are vying to create potentially lucrative tools to combat the use of AI in assessments, but will they cause more problems than they solve?
(6 Feb 2023) Trying to detect academic writing generated by artificial intelligence (AI) poses an altogether different challenge, according to Dr Foltýnek.
“There is no source document to verify,” he explained. “The teacher cannot prove anything, and the student cannot defend themselves. The only thing the teacher knows is that this particular sentence or passage looks similar to what AI would generate.”
The emergence of ChatGPT in late 2022 – and the global attention it has gained – has accelerated a race to create a potentially lucrative tool that could be used by teachers worldwide to detect when AI might have been used in assessments.
While few universities – Paris’ Sciences Po being an early exception – have implemented outright bans on the chatbot made by OpenAI, the clamor to understand when it has and has not been used by students has led to the development of a raft of new apps, ranging from those designed by entrepreneurial undergraduates during their winter break to Turnitin’s own version, due in the first half of this year.
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