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We should teach how to properly use AI instead of banning it, professor says

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Thursday, August 17, 2023 - 11:38am
Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2023 - 4:43pm

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Classes at Arizona State University start Thursday, and a record number of students are enrolled.

Close-up stock photograph showing a touchscreen monitor being used in an open plan office. A woman’s hand is asking an AI chatbot pre-typed questions, and the Artificial Intelligence website is answering
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ASU students — and their professors — will all be grappling with the new, technological reality that the dawn of AI has brought to education. 

As ChatGPT and its ability to write a pretty good college paper has become a reality, educators have been trying to figure out how to deal with it. Several of the nation’s largest school districts have already banned it, and many teachers and professors are trying to catch students using it to do their work for them. 

But Mina Johnson-Glenberg said there's no point in trying to stop it now.

Johnson-Glenberg is an associate research professor in the department of psychology at ASU and a member of the newly formed Learning Engineering Institute there. She and other professors at ASU have been getting together for the last year or so to try to figure out how to address AI in the classroom. 

Her advice? There’s no use trying to stop this technology now that it’s out there. Instead, she told The Show, it’s time to teach students how to use it well. 

ASU students show the "forks up" sign
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More than 300 first-year students, in the Solera program, sing the ASU Fight Song, Monday, August 14, 2023, on ASU’s West campus in Phoenix.

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