The growing number of students using the ChatGPT artificial intelligence program to prepare for classes is forcing U.S. college professors to revise their curricula for the upcoming fall semester< writes Insider.
OpenAI ChatGPT is making progress every day. The chatbot received the highest score on the AP Biology exam and passed Harvard’s freshman exams with an average score of 3.34. While some schools have decided to ban ChatGPT altogether, others are exploring whether it can become a learning tool.
As summer vacation draws to a close, some college professors are looking for ways to combat the use of generative artificial intelligence by making their exams “ChatGPT-proof.” Concerned professors told Insider that they plan to revert to handwritten assignments and oral exams to avoid the use of generative AI.
“I’m planning on going medieval on the students and going all the way back to oral exams,” Christopher Bartel, a philosophy professor at Appalachian State University, told Insider in January. “They can AI generate text all day long in their notes if they want, but if they have to be able to speak it, that’s a different thing.”
“There will be a big shift back to paper-based testing,” says Bonnie McKellar, a professor of computer science at St. John’s University in New York, “I’ve heard colleagues in the humanities say the same thing: we’re going back to Blue Book exams (exams that typically include one or more essays or short-answer questions – ed.).
In June 2023, ChatGPT saw its first decline in users, with traffic down 9.7%. It is believed that this happened because of the end of the spring semester and a decrease in student demand. If this is true, it is a big problem for OpenAI.
“If it’s school kids, that’s a real yellow-red flag on the size of the prize [for the OpenAI],” internet analyst Mark Shmulik told Insider. “This idea that if the ChatGPT drop-off is due to students on summer break, that implies a narrower audience and fewer use cases.”