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AI Resources for Faculty

This resource is designed to assist faculty in the developing landscape of Artificial Intelligence.

AI Detectors

Keep in mind that AI detectors are not very reliable yet. For example, Temple University tested Turnitin and found it to be "incredibly inaccurate" (Assoc. Press, 8/10/23). According to an associate vice provost at Temple, it worked "best at confirming human work... but was spotty in identifying chatbot-generated text and least reliable with hybrid. 

 

Will students get falsely accused of using artificial intelligence platforms to cheat?

Yes, students may get falsely accused of cheating with AI. For example, a Texas A&M professor wrongly accused an entire class of using ChatGPT on final assignments after he copied and pasted their responses into ChatGTP and asked if it generated the answers. ChatGPT affirmed that it had written the responses. But it also might be as obvious as a cut and paste job that include, "I am just an AI language model" or  "I don't have an opinion on that."

 

The Best Detector is Yourself!

 

There are several ways to spot AI content:

  • Unnaturalness. A lack of human touch is the most obvious. 
  • Cohesion. AI generated content may lack development and organization. On the flipside, the writing may be overly organized. 
  • Indirect speech. The writing may use indirect speech which reports on what someone else said or wrote without using that person's exact words. 
  • Repetition. It may contain repetitive phrases or sentences about the same content.
  • Incorrect Sources of Information.  AI recognized patterns of a college paper which typically include cited sources: volume, issue number, journal title, page numbers, etc. However, AI will make up the content, and when someone looks up the original source it does not exist.
  • Inaccurate information. Facts and information may not add up to what you know or what is common knowledge.
  • Inconsistent Writing Style. AI tends to maintain a consistent tone. Human writer, particularly students, tend to be inconsistent in tone throughout their writing. On the flipside, keep an eye out for sections that seem inconsistent. Parts of a paper may use AI generated content which can lead to an inconsistent writing style.
  • Formulaic writing. AI is great with organizing, listing, and formatting, and this is a key characteristic of writing by AI.
  • Mistakes, Typos, slang, and different styles of speech. AI will rarely make grammatical mistakes. However, humans will. A typo is actually a really good indicator that it was human written.
  • Lack of Empathy, personalization, or a human touch. Content generated by AI tends to be factual and does not include personal opinions.

 

Common AI Detectors

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