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Strategies for Dealing with ChatGPT

We have two main strategies available:

1. Avoid ChatGPT

ChatGPT has access to the freely available web. It does not see behind paywalls (other than to the extent that content is referenced by accessible internet content). So, to make it more difficult for students to use ChatGPT, you can:

  • Create assignments using physical archival sources or artifacts
  • Assign oral presentations or exams in addition to or instead of written work
  • Use local topics, very recent topics, specific academic sources behind paywalls
  • Scaffolded assignments: have students hand in outlines and early drafts, with explanations of their thinking and steps along the way

2. Incorporate and use ChatGPT

  • Have students create a ChatGPT-generated essay, then critique, correct, and edit the essay
  • Several students can ask ChatGPT the same question, or variations on a question, and compare answers
  • Students can have a dialog with ChatGPT about a topic, asking follow-up questions critiquing ChatGPT's answers
  • Use ChatGPT as a brainstorming partner to generate ideas


AI Text Generators and Teaching Writing: Starting Points for Inquiry - A list of resources from the WAC Clearinghouse (Writing Across the Curriculum)