Why AI Detection still isn’t enough for Academia

A message from Passed.AI’s Founder and CEO

A year ago we launched Passed.AI to the public and we’ve learned a lot about what educators and students are facing in this newly AI-enabled world since then. As with all things “AI-related”, this past year has marked a significant increase in both the capabilities and the number of AI tools available to students. This has meant that we constantly reassess our position to determine how we can best help educators.

At launch, Passed.AI’s goal was to address a pressing need:

How can educators confidently and correctly identify when students have used Generative AI in their school work?

We believe we take the most thoughtful approach of any provider in the market in addressing this need. We are champions of the importance of context before accusing students of “AI Plagiarism”. Our motto at launch was “AI Detection is not enough” because we didn’t think the detecting presence of AI content alone provided the full story. This remains true a year later.

Today, we know that AI intervention in a student’s work is nearing an inevitability at the tech titans race to integrate it across their operating systems and application suites. And yet, we also know that AI can be wrong, it can mislead, it can hallucinate, and relying on it fully diminishes learning.

So yes, AI detection alone is not enough. Rather than trying to reverse engineer a student’s work after the fact to infer AI usage, we think there is a much better paradigm that better serves the student and teacher. We’re advocates for a way to use AI appropriately, responsibly, and transparently.

To that end…

We’re thrilled to announce our latest tool, our Passed.AI Tutor!

ai tutor for ai detection in academia

Internally, we’re calling the tutor “Botty”, but we’ll see if that sticks once we exit our beta program later this year. For now, let me tell you about the motivation for creating an AI tutor in the first place, and where we see it fitting into our overall service for educators.

There has always been a dark, middle stage, in the life of an assignment: A teacher creates it, it gets distributed to students, then it visits a dark area where visibility is poor and actions are tough to track, before re-emerging to the teacher for review and grading. It’s in that dark area where uncertainty causes opportunity for doubt and where students most often get themselves into trouble, using tools like ChatGPT.

But, we see this middle stage as a period of opportunity. It’s here students can benefit from the latest assistive technologies, while their teachers can maintain visibility and gain insight into the student’s process. We can create custom learning environments that cater to different learning styles. And we can be thoughtful about how we position technologies and how we teach students to use them.

This is why we’re building Passed.AI Tutor. We know that students will look for these tools anyway – let’s give them to them in a safe way, aligned with educational goals. We’re tremendously excited to show you all what we’ve been working on and have a sneak peek of a few of the features ready for you today.

What’s next

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be highlighting exciting ways that the AI Tutor can help your students. In the meantime, we’re going to be interviewing schools for our initial Beta, which would give them early access and a seat at the table to help guide our development. We would be happy to speak with you about your school and whether or not the Passed.AI Tutor is a good fit.

Register your interest in joining the Beta:

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Start using immediately with a Chrome Extension and no new software for students to use. Pricing is done in a way that teachers can start using Passed.ai today without requiring buy-in from institutions.


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