With new research and writing tools like ChatGPT and Jasper, more and more students around the country, and the world, are using these tools to supplement their academic work. However, while these tools are meant to inform and inspire, some students have landed in hot water using these AI tools to engage in academic dishonesty–especially when writing long-form content. 

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The Ethics of Using AI and Using it to Supplement Your Work 

Artificial Intelligence is everywhere. Whether we like it or not, from the videos we see online to music and educational tools, AI is quickly becoming an integral part of daily life. Since AI has already begun weaving itself into the fabric of our everyday lives, it’s no surprise it’s found its way into educational institutions. Because of this, a new debate has begun–is the use of AI ethical when using it to supplement the work of students in higher education? Over the next few months, and as AI continues to evolve, we’ll be able to answer this question much more thoroughly. 

Over the past few months, students around the country have found themselves in hot water with their colleges and universities for using tools like ChatGPT to write papers and other assignments. One of these students, Olivia Dune from Louisiana State University (LSU), promoted using an AI site to help write an essay for her on her Tik Tok. The video went viral, and as a result, LSU had to release a statement about ChatGPT, saying, “this is an ideal opportunity to reflect on our current teaching practices, experiment with new opportunities, and brainstorm ways they could be utilized effectively in a classroom.”

It’s important for students to understand how to properly use AI to supplement, not create, their work. 

The Potential for AI to Improve Academic Writing Skills and to reduce Plagiarism Through Writing Assistance Tools 

Artificial intelligence has proved to be an excellent research tool (for example, it’s already passed the Bar exam and placed in the top 10%). It’s a great way for students to brainstorm topics for writing projects, reduce grammatical errors, and catch plagiarism. This can be integral in writing better research papers and other written material for students, especially in higher education. 

Artificial intelligence can help confirm that your researched information is correct and that your content is polished and ready to submit to your professor. 

The Role of Academic Institutions in Educating Students About the Ethical Use of AI-Powered Tools in Academic Work

As we move forward in our cohabitation with artificial intelligence, universities and other educational institutions must take the time to properly educate their students and staff on ways to use tools like ChatGPT or Jasper. There will probably be an increase in classes and workshops specifically designed to educate students on using artificial intelligence tools in the future. 

Until these classes or seminars become more widespread, students and teachers must work together to integrate artificial intelligence into the classroom so it can be used to elevate research and writing skills. 

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