AI Pedagogy Project from the metaLAB (at) Harvard. A collection of assignments and materials inspired by the humanities, for educators curious about how AI affects their students and their syllabi
MagicSchool.AI: AI for Teachers
Teaching with AI. (Suggestions from OpenAI): a "guide for teachers using ChatGPT in their classroom - including suggested prompts..."
University of Central Florida STARS. Free eBook/PDF: 60+ Ideas for ChatGPT Assignments A UCF Created OER. Authors: Kevin Yee, Kirby Whittington, Erin Doggette, Laurie Uttich
Northern Illinois University. Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. ChatGPT and education. An overview of ChatGPT along with information for educators; What can ChatGPT do? What can ChatGPT NOT do? (Yet!) What can faculty do? and more.
Stanford, D. (2023, July 12). Incorporating AI in teaching: Practical examples for busy instructors.
University of North Dakota. AI Assignment Library (ChatGPT and other generative AI)
Anders, B. [Suggestions via Twitter.]
Have students create questions dealing with a class topic & post the question to ChatGPT. Have the students use predefined criteria to evaluate AI responses. Incorporate critical thinking, ethical considerations, methods (language model used/data sources) & prompt skill development.
Anders also suggests that “student do part of the writing process in class.”
Cannity, D. (2022, December 28). From email to INSTECH discussion list on Chat GPT. (Used with permission- Condensed by Ilene Frank). Suggestions for dealing with ChatGPT:
Huggingface.co’s output detector at https://huggingface.co/openai-detector Use this tool to evaluate the possibility that text was written by Chat GPT.
Use assignments that are very specific or unique - and recent. Chat GPT’s data is about a year old. (As of December 2022).
Ask questions that ChatGPT can’t discuss. It is programmed (for now) to avoid controversial topics.
Focus on process questions: “Which applies better and why” or “explain the statement and why you think it means that” or which solution to a problem is more appropriate and why.”
Engage students in activities that bots can’t experience and consider application essays “What I learned by doing X”.
Scaffold work so that written papers are only a component of the final assessment.
Involve ChatGPT: Ask students to generate a paper and use their knowledge about the topic to correct it – including identifying and correcting misinformation, including citations.
“As a fun test, I also gave the prompt "What should instructors do to prevent cheating using ChatGPT?" to ChatGPT, and this is the response it gave:
“ChatGPT is a chatbot that uses natural language processing (NLP) to generate responses based on a given prompt. It could potentially be used to cheat on exams or assignments by generating answers to questions. Here are some strategies that instructors can use to prevent cheating using ChatGPT or other similar tools:
1. Make it clear that cheating, including the use of chatbots or other AI tools, is not acceptable and will result in consequences.
2. Use a variety of assessments, such as open-book exams, take-home exams, or oral exams, to make it more difficult for students to cheat.
3. Use plagiarism detection software, such as Turnitin, to detect copied work and ensure that students are submitting their own original work.
4. Monitor students closely during exams to ensure that they are not using ChatGPT or other technologies to cheat.
5. Consider using proctored exams, in which a proctor monitors students during the exam to prevent cheating.
6. Educate students about the consequences of cheating and the importance of academic integrity.
Charlie’s Lessons. (2022, December 14). ChatGPT Teacher Tutorial: AI for your ESL class! YouTube.
Examples of using ChatGPT to produce formal, more informal text and then asking ESL students to describe the differences in use of language. Includes an example of using grammar.com to analyze the texts produced by ChatGPT.
Contact Nord. AI in Higher Education
Background on AI in higher education; Learning experiences, course creation and learner support; assessment; academic
policies and concerns, etc.
CUNY Graduate Center. (2-23, January 24). ChatGPT guidance for the CUNY classroom.
D'Augstino, S. (2023, January 12). ChatGPT advice academics can use now. Inside Higher Ed.
Dahl, Barry. (2023, February 6). The history of D2L according to ChatGPT and three alternatives/ [D2L is a learning management system e Canvas, Blackboard, etc. Dahl compared information about D2L using ChatGPT, Chatsonic, Perplexity, and Playground (OpenAI). The prompt: Create a history of the founding and development of Desire2Learn, or D2L, an LMS company based in Canada. Include at least 3 citations.]
Domínguez, Alice (2023, March 22). We can’t keep ChatGPT out of the classroom, so let’s address the ‘why’ behind our fears. EdSurge. “I asked students to enter the same essay prompt they’d written back in October into ChatGPT, then compare their work to ChatGPT’s instant essay. They scored ChatGPT’s work using the same College Board rubric their essays were evaluated against. Once they were done scoring, the students determined that the computer was no match, confirming that it lacked the specificity, musicality and soul that their writing exhibits.“
Donahoe, Emily Pitts @EmPittsDonahoe. (2023, February 10). My students and I talked about ChatGPT in my first-year writing course... A Twitter thread/ Dr. Pitts Donahue describes introducing ChatGPT to her writing students and asks them to try it out and give their impressions - and develop a classroom policy around use of AI.
Eaton, Lance. (2023). General AI & Education Workshop Resource list (2023) and Youtube video summarizing talks he's been giving on AI and education. More from Lance Eaton on developing an AI policy with his students:
Herft, A. @herfteducator.[Andrew Herft] A teacher's prompt guide to ChatGPT: aligned with "what works best."
Suggestions for teaching with ChatGPT aligned with CESE NSW's [Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation. New South Wales] "What Works Best"
Horn, Michael B. & Daniel Curtis. To teach better writing, don't ban artificial intelligence. Instead, embrace it. Education Next.
JISC. National Centre for AI (2023). A generative AI primer by Michael Webb. A general introduction to AI and impact of generative AI on education from the "UK digital, data and technology agency focused on tertiary education. Will be updated as necessary. See their AI Assessment Menu: List of Sources for links to ideas about using AI in the classroom.
Kahl, Arvid. (2023, April 28). Writing with a Nemesis: Using ChatGPT to Strengthen Your Arguments
Kleiman, Glenn M. (2023, January 5). Teaching students to write with AI: The SPACE Framework. Medium
Mills, Anna. AI Text Generators and Teaching Writing: Starting Points for Inquiry. Includes experimental essays created with OpenAi's GPT-3; Questions for writing teachers to consider; Strategies for mitigating harm... WAC Clearinghouse Repository.
Mills, Anna. ChatGPT in the Workplace (for faculty/administrators)
Mills, Anna. Critical AI literacy and critical assessment module. Draft Canvas module
Mills, Anna. How should writing pedagogy evolve as AI text generators improve? Google Slides. Openly licensed.
Mills, Anna. An idea for teaching students to critique AI outputs while teaching research and summary skills. [AI-generated summaries of academic papers sometimes don't match the abstracts.] YouTube.
Mollick, Ethan. (2023, March 17). Using AI to make teaching easier & more impactful. One Useful Thing
Ofgang, E. (2022, December). What is ChatGPT and how can you teach with it? Tips & tricks. TechLearning.
Registre, J.(2022, December 31). AI just KILLED traditional language learning (ChatGPT) YouTube
Schroeder, Ray. AI in higher education metasite. Includes definitions of terms related to generative AI, some apps to try.
Share, Perry. Generative AI & higher education: A guide to resources. A Google doc with general information on AI, resources for educators, student perspectives, using AI for faculty research - and more
Trust, Torrey. ChatGPT & Education A Google doc that Includes what ChatGPT can do along with caveats and a list with links to additional resources. Examples of resources: A Wakelet on Artificial Intelligence in Education (Kira Brennan); ChatGPT through an education lens
Williams, Damien P. (2022, December 5). "Generate a GPTChat output on [ topic(s)], then expand on and correct the output with specific references and citations from class readings and lectures. Turn in the prompt, the original, and your corrections as your full submission."
Doug Holton suggests:
Check for AI-generated text
Most likely, you will be able to tell if a student uses AI-generated text the same way you can with other plagiarized text, as the writing style will be different. There are tools, however, that can help with detecting AI-generated text, but they are easy to beat.
Synchronous Teaching & Learning
If teaching face-to-face or synchronous, you can see the students while they do the work, thus there is much less chance of them using an AI tool.
2-stage and group exams – have students work on problems in pairs or groups during class.
Show the Process
Instead of having students submit a final product, such as homework answers or a paper, have them submit something that reveals the process they used to create that product. Examples:
Google Docs & Microsoft Word online show the editing history, so you can see if they just pasted in text generated elsewhere.
Microsoft Flip is a video discussion board. Students can also record videos in a regular Canvas discussion board. You could have students record videos explaining how they solved a math or science problem, for example.
Convert your assignments or activities to be more like real-world tasks. Some resources:
Open Pedagogy – students can create openly-licensed resources, such as videos, flyers, pressbooks
Incorporate AI Tools into Your Activities
One rule of thumb is to try to think about how or if this task would be done in the real world or workplace. Would they use an AI tool to help them do some task? Then let students use it, too. Of course, that may not always be feasible or desirable.
An AI tool can act as a learning assistant or student exemplar. You or your students can generate an initial answer or text via AI, and then discuss how to improve it or compare it to other writings.
Prompt given to ChatGPT - February 28, 2023.
Can you suggest some writing projects using ChatGPT for undergraduate college students taking an English Composition course?
"... the only way for chatgpt to improve its accuracy is for those humans to have domain knowledge. Given the unlimited coverage of the models, this could be an employment boon for liberal arts majors as prompt engineers training models. Is it conceivable that people with funky liberal arts majors see their wages skyrocket in the near future training private and commercial models? " March 26, 2023
Mollick, Ethan. Magic for English majors. One Useful Thing
"... Getting ChatGPT to do anything involves narratives...Thus, we need people who have deep or broad knowledge of unusual fields to use AI in ways that others cannot, developing unique and valuable prompts and testing the limits of how they work..."