I recently wrote a post about AI writer, plagiarism and teaching. but there is also an AI for combatting the problem of students using ghost writers. Ghost writing is when somebody else writes the text and not the student him/herself. Such texts are original and not plagiarised, and will not show up in standard automatic plagiarism checks.
However, this is a problem which is related to plagiarism, and AI-writer(s) could be considered a kind of ghost writers as well as a form of plagiarism. Whichever way you choose to view the phenomenon the problem stays the same. The student is not representing his/her own knowledge, and is sidestepping the learning process you experience when working with constructing a text.
At this point I have several questions I would like answered before I would begin to trust the results EMMA or other similar AI produce. Foremost, what happens with progression and developing writers’ changes in style and competence? But, just as with AI-writer(s), this is something the teaching community should be aware of and keep an eye out for. For good or for worse, AIs are coming in practically every field and education will be no exception.
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This post was edited and updated 2019-03-18