As artificial intelligence writing tools like ChatGPT gain in popularity, a group of student workers has been trained to guide their peers who want to use these chatbots in writing assignments.
Consultants at the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors were trained in AI writing tools before the start of the fall semester, said center director Patrick Johnson.
"When ChatGPT was introduced last winter, there was an immediate reaction and uncertainty then, and while that uncertainty remains, our job is to be prepared to help students as always," Johnson said.
The writing center has 61 consultants to guide students through a myriad of assignments, such as research papers, essays, resumes and cover letters, and more. Johnson said students coming to the center for assistance have some trepidation about using AI tools, although he added the tools can be helpful to brainstorm topics or create business communications.