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ChatGPT potential threat to ‘academic integrity’

By David Lynch - 27th Aug 2023

ChatGPT

The “challenges posed” by artificial intelligence (AI), including ChatGPT, were discussed within the RCSI in recent months, the Medical Independent (MI) can report.

At the RCSI Council’s meeting in February, the role of ChatGPT was raised during a discussion on “academic integrity”.

The Council heard there was a “need to promote and maintain academic integrity given the recent considerable interest in… AI and ChatGPT… which has immediate implication for certain assessment strategies”.

An RCSI spokesperson told MI that the impact of AI on teaching, learning, and assessment approaches is “a rapidly developing area”.

The spokesperson said that despite these challenges, both healthcare education and practice are likely also to be “positively impacted” by AI.

They added that most of the College’s assessments “are less susceptible” to AI products such as ChatGPT. This is because healthcare degree students take many in-person exams. However, students on taught postgraduate programmes have written assignments. “For these programmes, course leaders are alert to and considering how to minimise any possible inappropriate use of AI,” said the spokesperson. 

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