Nancy: A Teacher Refuses to Mark Papers due to Excessive use of ChatGPT

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A teacher in Nancy refuses to mark papers due to excessive use of ChatGPT

COPY PASTE: Copies came back with perfect spelling

A professor at IUT Charlemagne in Nancy has decided not to correct the papers of her 120 first-year BUT students (university bachelor of technology) because of excessive use by students of the artificial intelligence software ChatGPT. “This is a class of around 120 first-year students, enrolled in the BUT technical marketing diploma, who had to submit a written document on hydrotherapy, as part of the Nancy Thermal project”, explained this Monday. Samuel Cruz-Lara, the director of the IUT Charlemagne, confirmed information from the local press.

“When grading the marketing assignments, the teachers in charge of the correction realized that the students had made excessive use of ChatGPT: their copies did not include the slightest spelling error, or were composed of searched phrases” , continued Samuel Cruz-Lara. “If we had had more time, we could have asked the students to explain themselves, which we did with some who recognized things half-wordly. Except that we are at the end of the academic year and in terms of the calendar it is complicated for us to react. »

Students will still get a grade

The professor responsible for the subject decided collectively, with her other corrector colleagues who intervene in the module, not to correct the disputed written test. The director of the IUT, however, wants to be reassuring: “The students will still have a mark for this subject, they will not be penalized”. “All of this is taking on proportions that I did not expect because we are not the only ones, nor the first”, confided Samuel Cruz-Lara, in view of the reactions aroused after the first articles from the local press.

For the future, the director of the IUT has decided “not to cut off access to this kind of tool from the IUT”, but to engage with the students in a benefit-danger discussion and to support them in the use of ChatGPT”. A modification of the internal rules of the IUT is also envisaged: “We already had a paragraph on plagiarism, I will ask to add one concerning artificial intelligence type tools, the use of which will be sanctioned in the same way as plagiarism. “. For its part, the University of Lorraine, of which the IUT Charlemagne is a component, “has not yet taken a general decision” on the use of artificial intelligence.

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