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The following story was published by on Oct. 24, 2023. It was written by Layne Morsch, UIS interim associate provost of online, professional and engaged learning; Michele Gribbins, director of the UIS Center for Online Learning, Research and Service; and Emily Boles, eLearning specialist.

"Generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT and Bard have become increasingly powerful, transforming the educational landscape by offering new ways to engage and support learners. Generative AI can be used to enhance critical thinking skills. For example, students could be asked to evaluate the feedback via ChatGPT’s critique of their written work (Fourtané, 2023).

At the same time, these tools present instructors with new academic integrity concerns. Generative AI chatbots closely mimic human discourse and have been shown to effectively respond to common educational prompts (Cassens Wiess, 2023). The ease with which AI tools can be used to generate text raises academic integrity concerns, as students can use it to complete assignments with minimal effort, compromising their agency and their opportunities to learn, create and think critically."

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