SMU allows students to use ChatGPT to write stories, make short films, to complete assignment
Although many universities currently ban students from using artificial intelligence (AI) to complete coursework, a course at the SMU requires students to use AI technologies such as ChatGPT, to write stories, generate visuals, and create a short film. SMU Associate Professor of Communication Management Mark Chong, who is in charge of teaching this course, shared the rapid development of AI technology in recent years has had an impact on the creative industry, and he wished to get students to experiment with these emerging technologies and their processes, and understand the risks involved. Assoc Prof Chong said that he had the idea of introducing AI technology to the classroom four or five years ago, and this semester is the first attempt for students to independently complete short film production assignments with the help of AI in the Storytelling for Organisations and Brands course. The story about the Merlion created by SMU student Keane Lee won high praise during the screening and was named the best film. He shared about his experience using AI drawing technology and its limitations, and how he had to repeatedly modify and provide more detailed instructions to achieve the desired effect.