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When I first asked ChatGPT to tell me about myself, it got a lot of stuff right. For instance, it’s true that I have “a particular interest in issues related to minority students and education equity,” and that I’ve “written extensively about the challenges facing students from low-income families.”

But ChatGPT also got a lot of stuff wrong. For instance, I don’t hold a bachelor’s degree in English, as the chatbot claimed. Nor do I hold a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, although, oddly enough, I did begin teaching in the college of journalism at Maryland this fall.

What really made me lose confidence in ChatGPT is when I asked if the United States ever had a president with African ancestry, and it answered no, then apologized after I reminded the chatbot about Barack Obama.

Irrespective of the reliability of ChatGPT, or lack thereof, educators are experimenting to varying degrees with the use of AI in their classrooms. Numerous headlines have trumpeted concerns that students would use ChatGPT or products like it to cheat by having them write their essays for them. However, as English professors Daniel Ernst and Troy Hicks discovered in their survey of college writing instructors, cheating isn’t their biggest concern when it comes to ChatGPT. Rather, they’re more worried about people having to compete with AI for various jobs – including writing instructors.

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Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Education Editor

Many educators say they are worried about being unable to keep up with advances in AI. Guillaume via Getty Images

Writing instructors are less afraid of students cheating with ChatGPT than you might think

Daniel Ernst, Texas Woman's University; Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University

A survey about college writing instructors’ fears and anxieties about AI demonstrates that student cheating isn’t their only concern. And in fact, many have embraced it as a teaching tool.

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