Are Algorithmically-Generated Term Papers the Next Big Challenge to Academic Integrity?

edsurge | February 12, 2020

Are Algorithmically-Generated Term Papers the Next Big Challenge to Academic Integrity?
There’s a new application of AI in education, and educators aren’t going to like it. A growing number of companies now let students outsource their homework to a bot—or, more specifically, an algorithm that writes term papers for them based on chosen keywords. For instance, after subscribing to a service called EssaySoft, you can tell its essay generator to write a paper on, say, “symbolism in the great Gatsby” (or whatever you need for class). Then you enter how many words you want the final paper to be, select other specs from drop-down menus (set research depth to “low” if you want the machine to return an answer as fast as possible), and click “Generate Essay.”

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Results from the national surveys carried out by the project indicate that although a majority of the programmes include teaching on human rights, there is room for improvement as regards the formalisation of learning outcomes, as well as their alignment with teaching content, teaching and assessment methods, reading lists, examination forms, and teacher competence. A lack of constructive alignment is
problematic as it makes it difficult to ascertain whether examination procedures are adequate, and decreases transparency towards students.

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