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Universities on Alert as Students Use ChatGPT for School Projects and Exams

Korea University in Seoul (Yonhap)

Korea University in Seoul (Yonhap)

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire)Amid growing concern, instances have emerged of South Korean college students using ChatGPT, a chatbot developed by OpenAI, to complete their coursework and tests.

Universities, however, are being criticized for their apparent lack of effective countermeasures to address the issue.

Seoul National University recently began discussions with the school’s artificial intelligence (AI) research institute on developing tools to prevent what it called ‘illicit’ activities using ChatGPT.

Other universities are also aware of the chatbot but have yet to come up with any specific measures.

As college students are already using the chatbot to complete projects, reports, or cover letters, school authorities are raising awareness ahead of the spring semester.

Some faculty members have explicitly stated in the course syllabus that students are prohibited from using ChatGPT during the semester.

Online student communities have been flooded with posts asking about the utilization of ChatGPT, or the possibility of using it to complete projects during the new semester.

“I wouldn’t just copy and paste what ChatGPT has written for my project, but I would definitely use it as a reference when I’m in a hurry,” said a 23-year-old college student surnamed Jung.

“Both humans and AI make faults and errors. It feels like I have my own expert whom I can consult with.”

Some students questioned the idea that using ChatGPT for school projects would amount to plagiarism or ‘illicit activity’.

“No one can stop people from using ChatGPT. The tides have turned,” said Kim Jin-hyung, former head of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute.

“Instead of blocking its use, we have to teach students how to use these services appropriately,” Kim added.

H. M. Kang (hmkang@koreabizwire.com)

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