Educators weigh in on the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom

Educators weigh in on the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Technology has grown in the classroom, offering new ways to teach and learn. Some new tech, however, is presenting educators with a fresh challenge.

Northern Michigan University Philosophy Professor Antony Aumann said at the end of the fall semester; he caught a student using artificial intelligence (AI) to cheat on an essay.

“The grammar was too perfect, the structure was impeccable, and it was incredibly insightful,” said Aumann. “Frankly, it was a little better than most of my students are capable of.”

Aumann stated that he ran the student’s paper into an AI search engine which said it had a 99% match to one in its system. The professor said a new AI chatbot called Chat GPT, created in November, can do about anything you ask. Aumann added that incidents like these are causing teachers to worry about the future.

“I just think that the temptation is going to be way too great, given how easy it’s gonna be, and it’s not just for essays,” said Aumann. “You can submit your multiple choice questions, and the chat will tell you how to do those. It can do your computer programing problems, and it can do your math problems, there are all kinds of things it can do.”

Michigan Tech University Associate Professor of Digital Media Stefka Hristova explained how AI technology like Chat GPT differs from other learning-related technology students already have.

“Chat GPT can write an essay that’s very formulated and is the same formula every single time,” said Hristova. “So it will have an introduction and compare and contrast, and then every time I ran the software, the conclusion would begin with the same thing.”

She noted that technology literacy would be key for educators moving forward.

Both professors ultimately expressed that AI will continue to progress, so we need to learn how to progress with it.


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