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Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

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The University of Florida campus in Gainesville.

Colleges and universities have been reluctant to ban the new chatbot because administrators doubt the move would be effective.

Credit: Todd Anderson/The New York Times

While grading essays for his world religions course last month, Antony Aumann, a professor of philosophy at Northern Michigan University, read what he said was easily "the best paper in the class." It explored the morality of burqa bans with clean paragraphs, fitting examples and rigorous arguments.

A red flag instantly went up.

Mr. Aumann confronted his student over whether he had written the essay himself. The student confessed to using ChatGPT, a chatbot that delivers information, explains concepts and generates ideas in simple sentences — and, in this case, had written the paper.


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