Tools for schools: OpenAI advocates for ChatGPT usage in studying
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20.09.2023
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OpenAI and Sam Altman want their notorious yet famous LLM ChatGPT to be used in schools despite the immense potential for misuse and confusion.
Vanda Baranova

They’ve even released a specialized guide for teachers

using ChatGPT during classes

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Depending on your perspective on educational techniques, this may be called being dishonest, fairness, or anything in between, but it certainly would cause even more confusion in classrooms throughout the world. You’ve probably heard about numerous cases of students being accused of using ChatGPT to write their essays. So letting young people and kinds use the chatbot freely can create more problems both for students and teachers.

 

Clearly, OpenAI wants to improve the system’s image in education, so it has provided a number of, frankly, fairly persuasive methods to put it to use in the classroom.

 

ChatGPT, for example, may be used to assist language (particularly English) learners with translating and writing effectively and accurately. However, the system does not always get its facts straight, owing to a corpus of mostly perfect writing that is also grammatically correct.

 

OpenAI team also claims that in the context of educators making up teaching prompts, it may be useful for developing new exam questions or role-playing as a job interviewer or a debate partner.

 

Of course, obtaining ready-made prompts for studying impressively eases teachers’ lives and provides new entertainment for students as well, but it is important to know that the more ChatGPT communicates with people the more it changes.

 

We also need to take into consideration that younger schoolchildren often don’t have enough experience with modern technologies and knowledge about the proper use of them. Moreover, free and unlimited usage of the chatbot allows schoolers and university students to cheat while studying and for example, writing different essays and completing specific tasks. It can be pretty harmful not only because it affects those who cheat, but also other students who prefer to use ChatGPT in a proper way or don’t use it at all.

 

But who can swear they didn’t look up answers for the test or copy their presentation contents from Wikipedia? Definitely a significant number of young people. Probably, you too.