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Fake News Faculty Guide: ChatGPT

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Don't Panic!

ChatGPT is a text-generator. It has been fed books, articles, internet pages, dictionaries, and more.

ChatGPT does not have the ability to search the internet for information. It does not DO research. It merely accesses its own memory banks.

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT and Central Piedmont Student Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct is being updated to include ChatGPT and other text generators. In the meantime, using ChatGPT is not allowed even with a "technicality" in the plagiarism definition. Student work must be their own, period.

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Detecting ChatGPT in Research Papers

Everything old is new again.

  • Check Citations
    ChatGPT does not search the internet for research. It creates predictive citations based on what is in its memory bank. Hence, many citations will be fake and point to articles that don't exist.
  • Compare Writing Styles
    ChatGPT has excellent writing skills. Students may not. If a student is turning in a polished academic paper, that may be cause for concern.
  • Assess Student Learning in Multiple Ways
    Short low-stakes assignments like generating citations for a discussion board post or annotating and highlighting an article in class may allow student abilities to become visible to the instructor, rather than relying on one paper.
  • Compare and Contrast (Pair and Share)
    Have a student compare a human-written article and a ChatGPT article on the same subject. Can the student spot fake news? More on Evaluating Sources at Central Piedmont Library.


Why Do Students Use Chat GPT?

How ChatGPT Can Help Prevent Violations of Academic Integrity – Sovorel

Using ChatGPT in the Classroom

Can Faculty Ignore ChatGPT?