OpenAI launches a teacher guide for ChatGPT in classrooms.

OpenAI launches a teacher guide for ChatGPT in classrooms.

Teaching with AI: OpenAI Releases Guide for Educators

ChatGPT in Classroom

As the use of ChatGPT in classrooms continues to generate interest and uncertainty, OpenAI has taken a step forward by releasing a comprehensive “Teaching with AI” guide. This resource is designed to assist educators in effectively incorporating the generative AI tool into their students’ learning experiences. In addition to providing an Educator FAQ on ChatGPT’s use, the guide offers learning prompts and suggested uses for the AI chatbot.

OpenAI understands the importance of maintaining oversight over ChatGPT’s use in educational settings. The guide emphasizes the need for collaboration between teachers and students, encouraging them to share their ChatGPT conversations as they explore the capabilities of this technology. By keeping a record of their interactions with AI, students can reflect on their progress over time. Teachers can leverage these records to provide personalized feedback, supporting individual growth.

The guide also addresses the issue of plagiarism detection, recognizing the limitations of current tools used by educators to identify AI-generated content in student assignments. OpenAI acknowledges that these tools have inaccurately flagged plagiarism and have disproportionately targeted non-native English speakers. In fact, OpenAI removed their own AI-detection software, AI Classifier, due to reported low accuracy results. The guide suggests alternative approaches, such as recording student ChatGPT use and encouraging “AI literacy” by modeling appropriate uses and analyzing the AI’s responses.

To assist educators in using ChatGPT effectively, OpenAI has included four example prompts created by renowned AI proponents, Ethan and Lilach Mollick from the University of Pennsylvania. These lengthy prompts can be directly copied and pasted into a ChatGPT conversation to establish its directive. Prompt A focuses on creating lesson plans, while Prompt B aims to help educators develop effective explanations, examples, and analogies. On the other hand, Prompt C and Prompt D are designed for students, helping them learn and complete assignments through interactions with the AI chatbot. Educators have the flexibility to either have students prime their ChatGPT conversations or pre-prompt a conversation to share with the entire class.

OpenAI recommends that educators approach ChatGPT as a starting point, understanding that the instructor is ultimately responsible for reviewing and deciding how to use the model’s output. OpenAI emphasizes the importance of having a “human in the loop,” as models today are still subject to biases and inaccuracies. Furthermore, ChatGPT has limitations in terms of data sources beyond 2021, as it operates offline. Educators should also consider their district policies before integrating ChatGPT into their classrooms.

For educators interested in delving deeper into AI and its applications, OpenAI’s guide provides additional resources, including online courses offered by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Microsoft.

In conclusion, OpenAI’s “Teaching with AI” guide empowers educators to effectively incorporate ChatGPT into their classrooms. By fostering collaboration, encouraging AI literacy, and providing resources for guidance, OpenAI aims to facilitate an enriched and innovative learning experience for students.