How to cheat on your final paper: Assigning AI for student writing

AI and Society 38 (4):1395-1405 (2023)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This paper shares results from a pedagogical experiment that assigns undergraduates to “cheat” on a final class essay by requiring their use of text-generating AI software. For this assignment, students harvested content from an installation of GPT-2, then wove that content into their final essay. At the end, students offered a “revealed” version of the essay as well as their own reflections on the experiment. In this assignment, students were specifically asked to confront the oncoming availability of AI as a writing tool. What are the ethics of using AI this way? What counts as plagiarism? What are the conditions, if any, we should place on AI assistance for student writing? And how might working with AI change the way we think about writing, authenticity, and creativity? While students (and sometimes GPT-2) offered thoughtful reflections on these initial questions, actually composing with GPT-2 opened their perspectives more broadly on the ethics and practice of writing with AI. In this paper, I share how students experienced those issues, connect their insights to broader conversations in the humanities about writing and communication, and explain their relevance for the ethical use and evaluation of language models.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,202

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Research paper help student. Katejuddy - 1989 - Jurisprudencija: Mokslo darbu žurnalas:1-2.
Normative Revisionism about Student Cheating.Odysseus Makridis & Fred Englander - 2020 - Journal of Academic Ethics 19 (1):1-23.
Student Papers and Professional Papers.Mark Richardson - 2002 - Teaching Philosophy 25 (4):291-309.
Armstrong was a Cheat: A Reply to Eric Moore.Jon Pike & Sean Cordell - 2019 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 14 (2):247-263.
The Activity of “Writing for Learning” in a Nursing Program.Line Wittek - 2013 - Outlines. Critical Practice Studies 14 (1):73 - 94.


Added to PP

252 (#76,617)

6 months
70 (#60,478)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?