Rethinking Education in Light of AI

Gerd Kortemeyer

A professor emeritus of physics education discusses GPT’s implications for instruction and assessment.

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The ability of much-publicized large language models like GPT is raising perplexing questions in academia. Gerd Kortemeyer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, who taught introductory physics in the United States for many years, was curious to see how ChatGPT would do in the class. After grading its responses to actual homework and exams for a calculus-based physics course, Kortemeyer reported, in a paper published in Physical Review Physics Education Research, that GPT-3.5 would have passed—just barely.

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