Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is a long discussion about using something like chatGPT do do grading tasks, and is therefore a good demonstration of the need for people to understand that there are different types of AI that perform different tasks. I outline them here. In a nutshell, grading is a classification task - this is a recognition problem (which is what a grammar-checker is doing). The provision of feedback is a requirement for an explanation of that classification. Maybe generative AI could help here, but chatGPT wasn't designed for anything like this. There's no point in asking it to "offer advice on how to revise and improve the following text" if the AI has no real mechanism for recognizing and classifying good or bad content. People should stop treating the latest AI thing as though it were a tool for doing everything.

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