Using AI to Scrub for AI

Worried about students’ misuse of ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence text-generator that launched two months ago? We all are. 

Happily, and combined forces and just launched AI Writing Check, a free and easy-to-use site to help educators detect AI-generated writing.

I ran AI Writing Check through its paces and the service is, if not perfect, really good. The site states that “this tool is accurate 80-90% of the time,” and that clocks with my experience after running a dozen or so narrative and argument pieces through the filter. The creators also advise educators to use this AI scrubber as a tool, not a sword. A positive flag should be a plagiarism conversation starter (free template on page 4 of this PDF), not a condemnation. 

Just as I did with’s plagiarism checker back in the day, I would model a demo of this with my students to show them that their teacher knows the same hacks they know. Other strategies to help side-step plagiarism problems include gathering an in-class no-tech writing sample in the first week of class and building more in-class writing assignments into your curriculum, like Crazy Essay Week (click here for free materials)

I’m no AI expert and I’ve tinkered with ChatGPT for only about 20 hours, but I’m open to hosting the conversation. What are you experiencing with ChatGPT? Any horror stories? Solutions? I’m all ears. 

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2 thoughts on “Using AI to Scrub for AI

  1. I don’t know the answers, but my students are in the middle of a research paper. When we had the plagiarism talk, we also had the AI talk. I explained that I know how they write (with evidence in portfolios) and how my job is to help them improve and how grading work created by a bot is a complete waste of my time. I’m reminded of the poster that says something like, CHARACTER—the choices you make when no one is watching. Thanks for the resources to combat AI generated writing.

  2. Thanks, Crystal, for your always-thoughtful comments and approach. It sounds like you’re doing it right. I’d add a live-demo of this scrubber to at least show them, in a good-natured way, that you know what they know, too. At the end, though, we do the best we can and that’s all we can do.

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