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Common Questions

Natural language processing tools, such as ChatGPT, are a rapidly evolving technology. These tools’ capabilities change frequently, and the information on this page may change accordingly.

Questions about AI in Education

Natural Language AI Questions

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is an advanced artificial intelligence language model created by OpenAI. It’s designed to process and generate human-like text based on the input it receives. It’s capable of engaging in text-based conversations, answering questions, generating content, and providing assistance across a wide range of topics. In fact, ChatGPT generated the text in the previous three sentences!

What are some of the current limitations of ChatGPT?

Tools like ChatGPT are trained using large, broadly-sourced data sets. Mitigating bias in training data is one of the challenges of building machine learning models. Some training data may be outdated, which affects the quality of the output. Current iterations of ChatGPT are prone to AI hallucination, which is the generation of factually incorrect responses that sound plausible.

How can I educate my students about the limitations of ChatGPT?

Using ChatGPT together in class with students is a great way to explore some of its limits. Some Boise State faculty have also suggested creating assignments and activities around generating and fact-checking responses.

What can I do if my students are using ChatGPT to undermine their learning by copying/pasting and plagiarizing?

Visit the Academic Integrity program website to review how faculty can promote learning and prevent and respond to academic misconduct in their classes. You can also email The definitions and procedures for addressing misconduct are outlined in Section 8 of the Student Code of Conduct (Policy 2020).