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Combating the use of AI in completing homework


As artificial intelligence gets “smarter” and becomes more commonplace, educators are trying to ensure students don’t submit assignments completed by AI.

Dr. Lloyd Smith, professor of computer science at Missouri State University, has tested chatGPT and its current ability to complete an assignment for his multimedia programming course. He noted that the work was pretty good but contained errors.

Smith also tasked chatGPT with writing song lyrics, blog posts, a story proposal and a travel article.

His overwhelming feeling? Good but not outstanding – and certainly not “A” worthy.

“The song lyrics were cute, but I don’t think they would be commercially competitive,” Smith said. “The blog posts and travel article were bland.”

In the classroom

In high school and college classrooms, essays are a common test of students’ knowledge and critical thinking.

But how can professors be assured that the homework displays a student’s ability rather than the AI’s?

“That’s where the academic integrity challenge lies,” he said. “Our students aren’t going to build skills if AI is doing their assignments.”

The first solution is simple: students complete essays in a classroom with a teacher…

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