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ChatGPT and AI in the Classroom


What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a large language model "chatbot" developed by OpenAI, a San Francisco based AI research company. It was trained upon large amounts of data pulled from the internet, and can respond through questions and written prompts in a conversational tone. It was made freely available in a beta version to the public in November 2022. 

An Example Chat

An Example Chat with the AI

User: What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT: ChatGPT is a large language model developed by OpenAI that can generate human-like responses to natural language inputs. It has been trained on a vast corpus of text data and can understand and generate text in a variety of languages and domains. Its primary purpose is to enable human-like interactions with computer systems, such as chatbots, personal assistants, and customer service agents.

User: What are some of the things that ChatGPT can do?

ChatGPT: ChatGPT can do a variety of things, including:

  1. Engage in human like conversations on a wide range of topics.
  2. Generate text base don prompts or questions, such as writing prompts, product descriptions, or news articles. 
  3. Summarize long texts or documents into shorter, more digestible pieces of information. 
  4. Translate text from one language to another. 
  5. Answer questions by retrieving information from a knowledge base or the internet. 
  6. Complete text-based tasks, such as filling out forms or writing emails. 

These are just a few examples of what ChatGPT can do, and its capabilities are constantly expanding as it is trained on more and more data. 

(These example questions were given to ChatGPT by SHU librarians on 2/14/23)

What is this Guide for?

What's the Purpose of this Guide?

This guide's goal is to provide grounding and support to SHU faculty and staff as we all continue to adjust to the long-term and short-term impacts of this advance in AI technology on higher education.  

 This guide collects curated articles, links, and tools that:

1. Provide general information on new developments and happenings with ChatGPT and AI

2. Discuss ChatGPT's impacts on higher education and teaching

3. Give guidance for how instructors can adapt to and use AI in their courses

4. Review the major documented limitations of ChatGPT

5. Provide information on AI detector tools



Be sure to check this guide regularly for new articles and resources!