The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Chat GPT (Feb 2023)


This is a short introduction to ChatGPT for people teaching in higher education, created in January 2023 and updated until this version was saved in February 2023. The resource is a slide deck which you are free to modify and update (since this is a fast-moving topic). No prior knowledge of AI or chatbots is necessary to use the slides.

Benefit of this resource and how to make the best use of it

The resource may be helpful to any colleagues working with academics who are concerned about the arrival of artificial intelligence chat systems and their use in higher education. The resource includes some basic information but also links to useful additional resources and research if people wish to learn more. It is not a comprehensive guide to artificial intelligence but would work well as an introduction, and perhaps to allay immediate concerns about this topic. Some potential opportunities arising from apps like ChatGPT are highlighted, and also some ethical issues for consideration. The resource could supplement those of the National Forum and the National Academic Integrity Network (QQI) which are important to access also in relation to this topic.

Related OER

In the denouement of the COVID-19 pandemic, talk of a return to “normalcy” in higher education belies the great challenges and ongoing disruptions that yet lie ahead for many institutions. Public perceptions of the value of postsecondary education continue their downward slide, placing institutions in the position of having to demonstrate their worth and find solutions to declining enrollments. Data and analytics capabilities continue to evolve, introducing new opportunities and new risks to the institution. Chief among these capabilities, generative AI promises to change teaching and learning in ways many of us have yet to fully understand or prepare for.

For this year’s teaching and learning Horizon Report, expert panelists’ discussions highlighted and wrestled with these present and looming challenges for higher education. This report summarizes the results of those discussions and serves as one vantage point on where our future may be headed.

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