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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

AI tools such as Chat GPT are really helpful for language learners, in that they can quite reliably pick up grammatical errors and other problems, and (albeit with somewhat less accuracy) can even ...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

No, this is not plagiarism. This was amply explained by the other answers, so let me instead address the question of which pieces of advice to acknowledge in your thesis. The dilemma I face is that ...
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Is this self-plagiarism?

It's never plagiarism (although it might still be copyright infringement) if you tell the truth about what you're doing. So, if you're worried, in the second paper, say something like "the ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Here's how I have been dealing with it: make it harder for the students to cheat than not cheat. You can't stop them from cheating, but you can definitely tilt the balance to make cheating less ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Frame challenge: Is there a way to stop students from using a calculator in maths homework? It seems like the humanities are now encountering the problem which maths teachers faced when calculators ...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

If A points you to B and B is the originator of an idea that you use, then you need to cite B to avoid plagiarism, but not A. The idea didn't originate with A so you aren't using their ideas. They may ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

I think the common consensus is that, when properly used, AI is near impossible to detect. So the best you can do it make it so hard to use properly that most people won't bother. If the main goal is ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Check the sources One of the known problems with generative AI is that they make up everything, often including reasonable fake citations. If you set limits on acceptable citations so that they can ...
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Came across a very similar framework: what to do?

You do not need to "do" anything right now. Congratulations on publishing a paper that is attracting interest from other people in your field! If you publish more in this area, now that you'...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

No, I would not think of that as plagiarism at all. If you really want to be sure, you could put something in a footnote or parenthetical statement like: "Thanks to Dr. John Smith for suggesting ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

This might seem far fetched, but Honor Codes have been fairly successful in the past to avoid some practices that students might use to avoid learning and cheat for grades in various ways. An Honor ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Make it hard for them to use AI. What some teachers have been doing is giving the writing prompt in a Word document and hiding a secret prompt in the text by making the font on it white. They use ...
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Is this self-plagiarism?

I use the same sentences but cite If you cite the original paper, i.e. make it clear where the content comes from, it is not plagiarism. That applies both to regular and self-plagiarism.
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Paraphrasing when citing

The purpose is to make your article read more naturally and smoothly. If you use direct quotations every time you cite, your article will sound strange and be hard to read. It will also be full of ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

I've responded by 1) requiring disclosure, 2) potentially requiring discussion, and 3) tweaking questions. I've deliberately avoided forbidding use or creating a slalom of ad-hoc requirements to ...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

I know that other people disagree with this idea, but I do think Wikipedia at least deserves thanks in Acknowledgements, if it helped you... e.g., finding "better" sources. I don't like the ...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

If you learn of something through Wikipedia, you should read the document in the wikipedia page from which the wiki author learnt of it themselves. After making certain that the other document ...
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Is the rediscovery of a result of a published paper from a different source plagiarism?

No, rediscovery isn't plagiarism. It is fairly common. Using a different methodology to arrive at a known result isn't plagiarism and is valued, especially in some fields like math. Plagiarism is ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Felix's answer is already excellent. And I guess I'm making the same point but phrased differently. You are supposed to be teaching people skills that are useful. To be useful you have to be able to ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Block the website Have the students write the essay in class, and give a list of what resources are allowed. In particular, note that the use of generative AI is excluded. This is similar to when an ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

In principle, you cannot detect AI much less prove that a text is AI. The whole point is that AI generates content that's "just like" an intelligent human's. As AI tech advances, the output ...
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Paraphrasing when citing

The purpose of citing is to make clear that a particular statement is not your contribution, but the contribution of the person's being cited. So the question of paraphrasing is secondary. Typically, ...
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Is this self-plagiarism?

Different methods and different aspects? I mean, it does sound like you are writing two unrelated papers on a specific issue you are focusing on. If I wrote two papers about the German political ...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

You can also add a citation like [42] Einstein, Albert. Personal communication. Pointed out relevance of source [17]. This works only for persons, not for Wikipedia. For an internet forum or ...
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Paraphrasing when citing

Did you ever play the game "telephone" when you were a kid? A group of kids sits in a circle, one whispers to the child to their right, who then whispers what they heard to the child to ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

This is not even useful for you since you don't control the system but here's the truth. Take away grading that has any ramifications outside of class. The point of the class is to learn. Students are ...
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Is this self-plagiarism?

The APA publication manual (American Psychological Association) presents an (in my view) rather clear explanation of self-plagiarism including situations where the reuse of exact sentences/phrases is ...
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Is this self-plagiarism?

Reusing the same sentences, especially statements of fact, isn't plagiarism. Failure to attribute ideas to the original source is plagiarism, including self plagiarism. But if there is only one way to ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

To answer the title question: I've read an article where someone had basically flipped the question around and gave students a bunch of ChatGPT generated essays to grade, making them aware of the ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Have them write about things AI won't know - current events, topic the grader is very familiar with, etc. For example, I had students use ChatGPT to write about biodiversity in African countries ...
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