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Could ChatGPT Prompt a New Golden Age in Higher Education?

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The public rollout of ChatGPT, a free app that produces uncannily refined responses to users’ questions or prompts, initially had many education professionals up in arms due largely to fears over student cheating. Panic levels receded as a new realization surfaced: rather than simply banning the use of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI or AI) for assignments, we can and should adapt to chatbot-related challenges, reframing them as opportunities. In meeting this new technology with creativity and purpose, we can reorient education’s compass needle back toward process as opposed to product – toward thinking about as opposed to merely recounting what others have said. In other words, higher education must evolve, and the adaptations we create, not ChatGPT, could be the real revolution.

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