ChatGPT Slips By Teachers: “I Really Use It Countless Times”

ChatGPT Slips By Teachers: “I Really Use It Countless Times”

Students use the advanced text generator ChatGPT for any type of homework without teacher intervention. More than 250 students contacted NOS, confirming that they use the software for their school work. With a few exceptions, the students involved said that NOS Stories would not be caught after a search.

It affects individual paragraphs and answers to partial questions, but it also affects complete reports, articles, and articles that are “outsourced” to ChatGPT. Students also use ChatGPT to correct spelling mistakes or develop ideas in their text.

“I use it to get my homework done quickly,” says 3 havo students, who asked not to be named. “When it comes to a task, it usually means: Describe it in your own words. Then a teacher doesn’t really look at my own words.” In his own words, he always uses the tool.

It is unknown how big the problem is and how many students cheated with ChatGPT. However, Nijmegen teacher Furkan Söğüt is worried. He teaches Dutch, one of the subjects that students say they use ChatGPT frequently. “Of course I don’t want to imply the students’ bad intentions, but I can’t see if they’ve written anything themselves.”


This is because current plagiarism detection is powerless against ChatGPT. This plagiarism detection works by checking if the texts are elsewhere, for example in homework: in other students’ homework or on the internet.

But ChatGPT itself generates text that likewise cannot be found elsewhere. One student says he uses ChatGPT specifically for this purpose: other people’s homework comes in and a completely new version comes out with exactly the same content, but without the plagiarism detection alarm.

“As a school, we cannot solve this ourselves,” Söğüt says. “There must be a national solution” According to Söğüt, it is important for students to write their own texts in order to measure whether they have a good command of the language. “No if ChatGPT is good at Dutch.”

For example, a fourth-year pre-college student says she got ChatGPT to analyze her poetry. “I had to give my opinion according to the task, ChatGPT is not that good yet. I rewrote this. But the theoretical part was good, I was able to imitate it.”

Söğüt has placed her hopes on websites that can detect whether texts are written by artificial intelligence. This is possible because “human” texts are less predictable in terms of both word choice and sentence structure. There are already plenty of tools in English that can do this.

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According to Robert Chamalaun, a Dutch teacher and head of the Dutch branch of the Levende Talen trade association, some schools are already considering action. “For example, students have to write texts at school.”

Another requirement may be the use of newer sources. ChatGPT only knows resources up to 2021. The model has not been trained with newer data. “You can then ask students to use at least four resources from 2022.” However, when ChatGPT is updated with newer data, it may be out of date.

Söğüt wants to think about solutions with her students, for example a book vlog instead of a book presentation. “We want to talk to our students.”

By the way, cheating by students is nothing new, stresses Dutch teacher Laura Borghols. “Students are also supported by a parent or brother,” Borghols says. “Or they use a smartwatch for tests. Something new happens every few years.”

Source: NOS