Opinion | If AI kills the essay, I will be a pallbearer at the funeral

In the wake of AI chatbots, professors are scrambling to find replacements for the term paper. Let’s hope they abandon it and focus on reading.

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By: Michael Bugeja

The term paper has always been a misguided assignment, arbitrarily graded with little student-professor engagement, apart from awkward office-hour meetings during which errors are enumerated and deductions explained.

The revenge of the chatbot awaits these instructors.

I realize that journalism programs must uphold writing standards. So must English, public relations, advertising and other content-based disciplines.

The news media has published hundreds of stories on how AI chatbots, especially ChatGPT, have threatened the existence of the term paper. Why not examine the shortcomings of that to see if the assignment is worth saving?

For the rest of the commentary, click here or visit: https://www.poynter.org/commentary/2023/will-chatgpt-kill-term-papers-essays/

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