Apr 10, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

I can relate to your childhood. I have had similar experiences with learning how to read and write. My mom also has been the biggest support to me in helping me learn and navigate my challenges. Thank you for sharing this!

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I feel the exact same way!

As a student with both ADHD and Dyslexia who loves to write, this hit home. I had an ethical dilemma when I began writing on Substack: Was using AI to edit my original work or help me plan the sequencing of articles acceptable? So, I put it to an Instagram poll, and the results were amazing! 82% of respondents answered it was ethical to use AI in writing.

Tools that make communication more seamless and fluid should not be discouraged in schools but taught. Allowing students to communicate their own thoughts effectively.

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Apr 12, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi Jen, thanks for your thoughtful contribution to the AI conversation! I share your optimism, and also feel that many of us in academia (esp TT folks, I recognize that adjuncts and PhD students are in a diff position) can be well-placed to interrogate and integrate AI tools ethically -- what we model for our students will help them learn how to use it, and I tend to believe that if we refuse to address it or simply work to prevent students from using it, we will be fighting a losing fight. Like you, I share the concerns about AI ethics and what AI will mean for some jobs being eliminated, but I think that we have to understand how the technology can be used in our own work to participate in those conversations. There is no rolling it back, there is only finding ways to regulate and integrate it thoughtfully.

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Apr 10, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

Loved this Jenn! As a fairly new teacher just starting in writing and researching I was hesitant about using AI as it felt like cheating, but how you have described using it has been the validation I needed to give it a fair try in a similar way!

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I always enjoy getting notifications from Substack, as I have found an amazing community of writers, and I always learn something new. I'm especially interested in the latest about AI, as things are moving at breakneck speed in regards to this technology. Like you, Jenn, my background is in education, as as someone who has had a life-long struggle with learning disabilities, tools like typewriters, word processors, and spell checking programs are an absolute godsend. With speech-to-text technology, things get even better. Not just for me, but for people with issues that make using a pen or keyboard difficult, if not impossible. AI is being used to save lives in medical diagnostics, and to improve the lives of everyone in a thousand different ways. I am by no means a luddite.

However, I do not share your enthusiasm for ChatGPT as it is currently being used. I understand your use of ChatGPT as an assistant, like spell checker and other tools. They are not the same, however. In the case of Word, or Grammarly, you are the creator (and "Two bee oar knot too Bea" will still sail through grammar checks). This new generation is a different thing all together. Yes, it can help with ideas (and if it can help me write an elevator pitch for my next book, I'd be thrilled), but while you are willing to use it as an assistant, many are not.

As you know, Buzzfeed has already published AI-generated articles, cutting their freelance staff. The San Francisco Ballet used Midjourney-generated art to promote this past winter's The Nutcracker. TickTok and YouTube are full of videos on how to write a novel, generate a cover, and upload it to Amazon. Scifi publisher Clarksworld had to stop accepting short stories after it was flooded with sub-standard submissions generated by spambots using ChatGPT.

You state that you as the writer are ultimately responsible for what is produced under your name. The problem is when others are less careful and have no problem tossing out derivative content. I discussed my concern with another Substack writer who said "the teachers can use bluebooks." As an educator, you know as well as I do that the current system of colleges and universities rely heavily on the overworked adjunct who doesn't the extra time to closely review every paper for signs of chatbot "writing assistance." The problem is, writing is supposed to help the writer learn critical thinking skills. Using a chatbot and calling it done because the student sees writing as "busywork" will not help them acquire those skills.

ChatGPT and all that come after (and there will be more) could very well be a great thing. I just have concerns.







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