Millions of students use AI tools like ChatGPT to write their coursework. This emerges from a current study by the anti-plagiarism platform Turnitin. However, the use of artificial intelligence is not automatically fraud.

The anti-plagiarism platform Turnitin examined over 200 million course papers with regard to the use of artificial intelligence as part of a study. The result: More than 22 million students have used an AI that is responsible for at least 20 percent of the respective texts.

More and more students are using AI

As more and more students use AI in their studies, Turnitin recently released a plagiarism detection tool for teachers. Since April 2023, the online service has itself checked millions of course papers and found that around 11 percent of them were partly created using AI. Turnitin Chief Product Officer Annie Chechitelli said:

We are at an important juncture in education, where technology is transforming learning and the need for academic integrity is more important than ever. Technologies like our AI font recognition feature help promote learning without sacrificing academic integrity.

Both educators and the relevant legislators in the USA are currently trying to regulate the use of AI in education due to allegations of fraud and plagiarism.

Using AI in your studies does not automatically mean cheating

The five US states of West Virginia, Oregon, North Carolina, California and Washington have already introduced guidelines for the use of AI in schools. In turn, some colleges and universities have developed their own policies.

However, many things are still in limbo and even the previous guidelines lack clarity. Meanwhile, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction stated in January 2024:

It is perhaps short-sighted to automatically view any use of AI as 'fraud'. Educators must rethink their ideas about what constitutes plagiarism and cheating in today's world and adapt their teaching, assignments, and expectations to this new reality.

According to a recent study from Stanford, fears that AI will help students cheat are overblown. According to this, the proportion of those who cheat on tasks will actually decrease in 2023, while the topic of artificial intelligence has gained momentum.

However, fears that AI will help students cheat are overblown, as a recent study from Stanford shows. The percentage of students cheating on assignments will decline in 2023 as ChatGPT gains traction, researchers say.

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