Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on ChatGPT, April 2024                                             Pp4-25.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/ChatGPT.1

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Impact of ChatGPT on Academic Writing at Moroccan Universities

Khairi Al-Zubaidi
Corresponding Author: khairi_alzubaidi@Yahoo.com

Mohamed Jaafari
Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences, Beni Mellal
University Sultan Moulay Slimane (USMS), Morocco

Fatima Zahra Touzani
Faculty of Arabic Language, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco

 

Received:04/06/2024              Accepted: 04/15/2024                         Published: 04/24/2024

  

Abstract:
The new wave of buzzword technology has launched the Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (ChatGPT). The ChatGPT application, besides its benefits, has created a worldwide heated debate about its impact on quality and the future of education. Artificial intelligence and other computing technology advancements have dominated the academic scene The main aim of this paper is to map out the impact of the use of ChatGPT on academic writing at Moroccan universities. The researchers have designed a questionnaire for the purpose of this study. The research targets university students and educators for their possible expertise in academic writing. The distribution intends to ensure representation across levels of education, age, and gender. One hundred and eighty volunteers participated by providing insightful data about the investigation.  The results of the study revealed that participants confirm the value and efficacy of ChatGPT as a tool; Moroccan respondents admit that ChatGPT can be both beneficial and harmful to students. Students at different educational levels venture into the use of ChatGPT without guidance and training. They are at a crossroads without direction signs in implementing ChatGPT appropriately, so they are astray about whether to use ChatGPT academically, how, and where. The educators, though they are provided with accounts in iThenticate plagiarism detector, stay aloof and claim training in their turn, but the educational authorities, ministry, and universities continue to keep taciturn.
Keywords: Academic writing, ChatGPT application, detectors, Generative AI, impact, Moroccan universities,
OpenAI, plagiarism, perceptions

Cite as: Al-Zubaidi, K., Jaafari, M., & Touzani, F. Z. (2024). Impact of ChatGPT on Academic Writing at Moroccan Universities.
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on ChatGPT, April 2024:4-25.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/ChatGPT.1

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Received: 04/06/2024
Accepted: 04/15/2024
Published: 04/24/2024
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6329-3838
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/ChatGPT.1

Prof. Dr. Khairi Al-Zubaidi holds an MA. and Ph.D. from the U.S.A. He has worked and taught in Iraq, Spain, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Malaysia, and the United States. His research interests include applied linguistics, translation, cultural studies, and media literacy. He has presented and published widely. ORCiD ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6329-3838

 Dr. Mohamed JAAFARI is an Associate Professor of English Studies, Linguistics, Translation & Intercultural Communication at the Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences, Beni Mellal, University Sultan Moulay Slimane (USMS), Morocco. He is an International Leadership Program Visitor, International Journal of Civilisations Studies & Tolerance Sciences Editorial Board Member and EJES Editorial Committee Member.ORCiD ID :  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7944-2623

 Dr. Fatima Zahra Touzani is an assistant professor of English studies and literature at the Faculty of Arabic Language, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco. Her major research areas are postcolonial studies, modern poetry, and modern fiction.
ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9385-2701