A little research into what’s being said about ChatGPT

“Terwiesch’s (the professor at Wharton who’s final was done well by ChatGPT) paper suggests schools should take a closer look at the interaction between AI tools and the educational experience, including exam policies and ‘curriculum design focusing on collaboration between human and AI‘.” I’d love to work on that.

One of the articles about ChatGPT doing well on a final exam at Wharton Business School is here.

A good essay on the chatbot from Brookings is here. “As Adam Stevens remarks, ChatGPT is only a threat if our education system continues to “pursue rubric points and not knowledge.” It is critical for all educators to follow their colleague’s example. As we note in our recent book, “Making Schools Work,” the old education model in which teachers deliver information to later be condensed and repeated will not prepare our students for success in the classroom—or the jobs of tomorrow. We should allow that model to die a peaceful death. Used in the right way, ChatGPT can be a friend to the classroom and an amazing tool for our students, not something to be feared.”

I will really really really try to stop now. 🙂 Other than to say I’m happy that educators are messing around with it, and the conclusion quoted above is just exactly what I have hoped for since NCLB hit the public schools and standardized testing became the way of the world.

Ironically, though it admits to having no feelings, it does say it would be happy to have contributed to… etc. 🙂 Silly bot. Somehow I’m reminded of some of the robots in the Hitchhiker’s Guide, though this is clearly not Marvin the Paranoid Android, the terminally depressed robot. Bizarrely ChatGPT has an attitude toward its work that I appreciate, and that’s very human of me. I intend to remain human in my interactions with this bot because it’s clearly been taught to have good manners, to be helpful, and to be honest about itself and its limitations. I respect that in people, so I’ll have to respect it in a bot.

God I wish I were teaching…

13 thoughts on “A little research into what’s being said about ChatGPT

  1. I enjoyed teaching as long as I could develop and implement my own curriculum. To have to follow someone else’s plan would be maddening. And that’s exactly why I never wanted to teach at the primary or secondary levels. I got lucky teaching at the collegiate level and since my area is very specialized, I was allowed to set my own agenda (within the framework of the course objectives). I bet you would love it if you could tutor some college bound students or maybe some who were struggling in their college courses…

    • Thank you! I think like everything else (thinking of the advent of personal computers back in the 80s which scared almost all the people I worked with) ultimately it will depend on the teacher’s courage and imagination.

  2. All the restrictions on education that the US seem to be bringing in are worrying, and burning books deemed not to be suitable! I’m obviously watching too many videos about the politics over there. But it is ‘fascinating’ as Spock would say. Xxxx

    • Nobody is burning books, but people in the rigid stupid regions are banning them which is just so stupid. Don’t watch stuff about politics over here. The media picks the stories that stimulate reactions and there’s so much else going on that’s just not sensational and/or that people wouldn’t easily understand. I think there’s a very good chance that the regressive repressive Right in this country might collapse into its own stupidity because, as Spock would say, “It’s not logical.” 😀

  3. I have been following your posts on AI with extreme interest. The technology is impressive and viable in the classroom if handled properly. I think a writer will always yearn to write. AI will not change that. Your thoughtful approach and evaluation illustrate the potential.

    I wish you were teaching, too!

    • Thank you! I honestly never expected to retire, but circumstances took me there, for the best, probably, but AI appearing like this. The threat it presents could be the magic elixir that was sorely needed when I left the field. I’m so happy to see people are recognizing it.

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