The advent of the powerful new AI chatbots, such as GPT-4 in Microsoft Bing and Bard in Google search, presents our students with important writing tools. These tools can help students to improve their writing skills and to generate new ideas. However, they also present students with virtually infinite, and almost undetectable, opportunities to cheat.
I teach upper-level Bachelor's and Master's business courses. To my course content, I have added instruction on:
- How to use Bing and Bard effectively,
- What to watch for when Bing and Bard hallucinate,
- When it is appropriate to use these tools.
- What constitutes unethical use of the tools.
This addition to course content for every course involves time that would otherwise have been spent on other topics or experiential learning activities. I suspect that instructors whose students conduct online research or write papers and essays has found the need to make these changes to their courses. Teaching how to use Bing and Bard should be straightforward. However, teaching the ethical use of the tools may be the most challenging task. For most of us, our courses will never be the same.
Following is one study that addresses the correlation between academic integrity and career behavior.
Sims, R. L. (1993). The relationship between academic dishonesty and unethical business practices. Journal of Education for Business, 68(4), 207-211.
Abstract: This article investigates whether the range and severity of academic dishonesty engaged in during undergraduate studies is related to the range and severity of dishonesty engaged in later during employment. Self-reported data was collected from 60 MBA students. Findings indicate that subjects who admitted to having engaged in a wide range of academic dishonesty also admitted to a wide range of work-related dishonesty. Additionally, those subjects who engaged in behaviors considered severely dishonest in college also engaged in behaviors considered severely dishonest at work.
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