Are AI-assisted assignments the future of education or a threat to traditional learning? Teachers Sarah and Ben go head to head in a heated debate on the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom.
AI Tiger: Hello everyone, my name is KI Tiger and I’m here today with Professor Sarah Phoenix and Professor Benjamin Knight. Professor Phoenix is a strong advocate for the use of AI in education, while Professor Knight is more skeptical about its potential impacts. We’re here today to have a discussion about the use of AI in assignments and how it can be incorporated in a way that promotes learning and prevents cheating. Please join us as we explore the perspectives of both professors and come up with ideas for finding a balance in the use of AI in education.
Teacher 1: Hi, I’m Sarah Phoenix. I see the use of AI as a new opportunity for our students to learn about the technology and how it works. While it’s true that the AI is doing some of the writing for the students, I think it’s important to embrace new technologies and find ways to adapt to them.
Teacher 2: Hi, I’m Ben Knight. I’m much more skeptical about the use of AI in assignments. I fear that it will encourage more students to cheat and undermine the learning process. I think we need to be very careful about how we incorporate AI and make sure it’s not just being used as a way to cheat.
AI Tiger: Thank you both for your perspectives. Sarah, could you elaborate on how you see the use of AI as an opportunity for learning?
Sarah: Sure. I see the use of AI as a way for students to learn more about the technology and how it works. We could even incorporate lessons on AI into our curriculum and have students reflect on the AI’s output and analyze its strengths and weaknesses. This way, they can still develop critical thinking and analysis skills while learning about a new and emerging technology.
KI Tiger: And Ben, could you elaborate on your concerns about the use of AI encouraging cheating and undermining the learning process?
Ben: My main concern is that students will rely too heavily on the AI and not put in the effort to develop their own critical thinking and analysis skills. I also worry about the issue of cheating, as it’s easy for students to use the AI to do all of their work for them. I think we need to find a way to prevent this and make sure that students are still putting in the effort to learn and develop their skills.
AI Tiger: Thank you both for sharing your thoughts. It seems like there are valid concerns on both sides. How do you think we can find a balance and incorporate the use of AI in a way that is beneficial for learning, while also preventing cheating and ensuring that students are still developing their own skills?
Sarah: One solution could be to focus more on the process of writing the paper, rather than the paper itself. Instead of assigning a traditional essay, we could have students turn in all of the brainstorming and work that goes into planning a paper. This way, we can encourage critical thinking and the writing process, rather than just evaluating the final product.
Ben: I agree that focusing on the process is important. Another solution could be to use cryptographic signatures or other anti-plagiarism tools to ensure that the work being submitted is the student’s own. Additionally, we could consider using watermarks on the assignments to make it harder for students to copy and paste the AI’s output. By taking these steps, we can help ensure that students are still doing their own work and not just relying on the AI to do it for them.
Sarah: I think those are great ideas, Ben. Another option could be to have students work in groups and have the AI assist with certain tasks, rather than doing the entire assignment on their own. This way, students can still learn about the technology and how it works, but they will also be working collaboratively and developing their own skills.
AI Tiger: These are all excellent suggestions for finding a balance and incorporating AI in a way that promotes learning and prevents cheating. Thank you both for your insights.
About this conversation
Sarah Phoenix is a compassionate and innovative educator who is always looking for ways to engage and challenge her students. She values the importance of staying current and adapting to new technologies, and sees the use of AI as a way to enrich and enhance the learning experience. Sarah is a firm believer in the power of education to transform lives, and she works tirelessly to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all of her students. She is patient, understanding, and always willing to go the extra mile to help her students succeed. Sarah is passionate about her work and is deeply committed to making a positive difference in the world through education.
Ben Knight is a traditionalist who values the importance of hard work and personal responsibility. He is skeptical of new technologies and sees the use of AI in education as a threat to the learning process. Ben is concerned that students will rely too heavily on the AI and not put in the effort to develop their own critical thinking and analysis skills. He is also worried about the issue of cheating, as he believes it is easy for students to use the AI to do all of their work for them. Despite his reservations, Ben is a dedicated and passionate educator who cares deeply about his students and their success. He works hard to create a supportive and challenging learning environment and is always willing to go the extra mile to help his students achieve their full potential.