TCU professor incorporates ChatGPT in her curriculum


Artificial intelligence is taking the world by storm, and one local college professor is embracing the technology.

Beata Jones is a professor of business information systems practice at TCU's Neeley School of Business.

This semester, Dr. Jones is using ChatGPT in her classes.

"The future is going to be collaborative with artificial intelligence," says Dr. Jones; "and the sooner we realize it, the more beneficial it's going to be for everyone."

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence chatbot (GPT stands for generative pre-trained transformer), and it launched on Nov. 30, 2022.

The latest version, ChatGPT-4, launched on March 14th.

This week, students in Dr. Jones' Introduction to Business Information (BI) Systems class used ChatGPT to fill out a ten-page document in about ten minutes.

"The students were filling in holes in their knowledge to be able to process the information and understand the implications of big data and business intelligence for digital transformation," says Dr. Jones.

One challenge in the implementation of ChatGPT in the classroom is getting students to use it as an enhancement in their studies and not as a substitute.

"What's important is instructing the students and educating them on what is acceptable use of the technology and what is not an acceptable use of technology," Jones says.

Jones has a strategy to get her students to use ChatGPT properly and not to abuse it.

"Because of how my homework assignments are structured, I require references," says Jones. "So the answers, if they're provided without references, and they're mentioning technologies that were not assigned for homework, clearly that was not generated by the student."

And Jones' students generally do a good job in adhering to her guidelines.

"I had it only twice where I had to assign a zero on a low stakes homework assignment," says Jones.

Dr. Beata Jones instructed ChatGPT to write a news story about the parking situation at TCU. Image below shows what ChatGPT wrote.

Example of what ChatGPT wrote for Dr. Jones assignment
Example of what ChatGPT wrote for Dr. Jones assignment Photo credit Dr. Beatta Jones

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