Like this marketing teacher at the University of Laval (Quebec), others take the opportunity to highlight the reflection.
“The approach I’ve taken is to tell students that they can use ChatGPT, but they must indicate the way in which they used it, otherwise it is considered exactly as plagiarism”explain Stéphane Hamel, marketing teacher at the University of Laval, near Montreal, who allows his students to use the now famous artificial intelligence online. He sees it as an assistance and an additional tool rather than a problem.
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His students can therefore use it to search for an advertising slogan, for example, by providing several keywords. Stéphane Hamel reminds us that we must always check: “There is a danger in using ChatGPT as if it were an encyclopedia that holds the truth. It should not be used as a substitute for our own judgment, it is really a tool that complements our expertise. “
“ChatGPT is a bit like our brother-in-law who thinks he knows everything. We listen to him politely, but then we check everything he says.”Stéphane Hamel, teacher at the University of Laval (Quebec)
Even if Stéphane Hamel does not represent the majority, he is not the only teacher to authorize the use of ChatGPT in his class. Other Canadian teachers see it as a new way to practice critical thinking. An English teacher offered his students to grade their conversation with ChatGPT to verify a translation, to see what questions the students were asking the robot. This allows you to launch a real debate in the world of education. As in France, most teachers fear that the robot will work in place of the students, so some are thinking about stopping homework remotely.
A lack of nuance in the writing
The Canadian provinces are wondering, as in France, about the use of ChatGPT. PSeveral tests are carried out in different sectors. CBC/Radio-Canada for example, had artificial intelligence write an article on textile waste, for its website. The text lacked nuance and testimonials and contained a few errors, which demonstrates its ethical limits.
In a more entrepreneurial area, in western Canada, a brewer asked ChatGPT to create his new beer. Artificial intelligence has defined the recipe for this beer, its name, its price, and the style of its packaging. But the micro-brewer says he still had to change a few details to make the drink better.