There is important work to be done when it comes to AI in schools, but the technology is here now and in our students’ hands. We know most, if not all, students have heard about these tools and many have already used them. Therefore, in the short term as we navigate AI, encourage effective classroom uses and simultaneously promote a culture of academic integrity, students can expect more in-class writing assignments, a continued requirement to use plagiarism detection services such as Turnitin, and writing done within tools such as Respondus LockDown Browser. Multiple services are launching AI detection tools, which we are currently investigating.
Brophy administrators and faculty will continue to explore this topic and seek input on what this means for our campus from a wide range of stakeholders including students, parents, educational leaders, and technology experts. We will craft guidelines and practices that align with our Jesuit ideals and existing academic integrity policies in order to embrace the powerful potential of generative AI. We will also aim to help students avoid the moral hazards these tools create and value the human component of any content they consume.
In the long term, reasonable measures to promote academic integrity are only part of the solution. We will provide professional development for faculty to reimagine how we teach writing and content creation across the curriculum, especially in a world where computers can now create so much for us.
Looking toward the future, we know we must continue to evolve our pedagogy, including the intent of student projects, and how we can emphasize critical thinking and authentic demonstrations of understanding. Generative AI will undoubtedly make some tasks more efficient, which will open new doors and create more time and energy for students to reinvest into their work. As platforms and practices rapidly evolve, we must clearly articulate expectations for the use of this technology in all of our school assignments, and in a bigger sense, the post-academia world students will soon enter. As with all of our campus technology, we have a responsibility to teach students how to effectively and ethically use these tools to seek the greater glory of God.