AI can do your homework. Now what?

School will never be the same

Students and teachers grapple with the rise of the chatbots. We interviewed students and teachers on how schools should handle the rise of the chatbots. Vox.

For a year now, students have had access to AI chatbots, otherwise known as Large Language Models, that can write at a high-school level and answer specific and diverse questions related to many school subjects. OpenAI’s ChatGPT kicked off a race among tech companies to release their own chatbots and integrate them into existing consumer products. The most advanced language models, like GPT-4 and Claude2 are kept behind paywalls. They offer more nuanced answers and make fewer mistakes but because reliability is not guaranteed, many businesses cannot yet deploy these systems. That means a significant portion of chatbot use cases is for low-stakes applications, like schoolwork. This presents a major challenge to educators, who now need to rethink their curriculum to either incorporate chatbot use or attempt to deter it. In this video, we hear from students and teachers about how they’re thinking through the problem and review research in the science of learning to understand how the “fluency” of a chatbot experience could disrupt the learning process that we go to school for. By Joss Fong  

Schedule for video.

00:00 Intro
02:28 Path 1: Banning AI
06:03 Path 2: Allowing AI
09:52 The problem with the calculator analogy
11:18 The science of learning
15:44 Conclusion

Students often do not know when they are learning

At 12:31 in the video, there is a reference to a study conducted by Harvard University on learning and college students. In my post titled “College Students Often Don’t Know When They’re Learning,” I discuss this study and its relevance to the use of ChatGPT for learning. The research evidence is clear: learning by doing is more effective than passively listening to lectures, especially in science. It’s surprising that more university professors don’t teach in this more hands-on, interactive way. This information was sourced from an article by Jill Barshay published on March 14, 2022, in The Hechinger Report

“Rethinking GPS navigation: creating cognitive maps through auditory clues”…
“Habitual use of GPS negatively impacts spatial memory during self-guided navigation”…
“Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom”……

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Title: AI can do your homework. Now what?
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Date: January 16, 2024 at 10:08AM
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