In the age of ChatGPT, marking coursework will become “nearly impossible” and make the exam more important than ever, an education expert says.
OpenAI’s Chatbot Has taken the internet by storm since launching late last year, amassing over 100 million monthly active users and attracting billions of dollars in investment Microsoft.
It’s a so-called large-scale language model, trained on vast amounts of data, to produce human-like responses to given cues — including writing papers and solving problems.
New York schools and universities in Japan ChatGPT was banned due to fears students would ask it to do homework for them, and UK exam boards advised students to complete some coursework “under direct supervision” so they could not use it.
Ofqual’s chief regulator, Jo Saxton, said ChatGPT made traditional exam criteria “more important than ever”.
In a new report, education think tank EDSK says the accessibility of ever-improving AI systems makes coursework “less accurate and trustworthy” in grading student work.
It said: “Plagiarism has always been a risk to some extent, particularly for coursework-style assignments, but determining whether students have completed the work they submit is now virtually impossible for teachers, leaders and exam boards Task. “
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Ofqual’s and EDSK’s warnings follow an intensifying debate over the value of the exams in recent years.
The review by the independent evaluation committee stated that Exams need ‘fundamental change’ After the COVID-19 pandemic which severely impacted the grading system.
It believes that the “arbitrary” assessment at 16 should be abolished.
Tony Blair Institute goes further, says GCSE and A-level should give up completely In its place is a system that better prepares young people for work.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the School and College Leadership Association, said that while exams were “a critical component of any assessment system”, there was currently too much reliance on them.
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Tom Richmond, director of EDSK and a former adviser to the Department of Education (DfE), said ChatGPT “severely undermines the case for expanded use of coursework”.
“This would lead to widespread fraud and significantly reduce the fairness of final grades,” he added.
The think tank advises students taking classroom courses to take an additional subject in Year 12, which is checked entirely through oral assessments.
It also recommends the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a dissertation-style qualification completed alongside A-levels, should become compulsory.
A DfE spokesman said exams remained “the best and fairest form of assessment”.