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Incorporating ChatGPT Into Your Teaching

ChatGPT uses artificial intelligence (AI) to generate and revise text and code. As we better understand the implications of AI tools for higher education and as the resources transition from expert reactions and opinion pieces to more specific evidence from research, we encourage continued conversations about how to use this tool for crafting assignments, promoting academic integrity, and supporting student learning. This set of resources was compiled to support instructors who wish to employ the ChatGPT tool in their courses.

Resources to Support Thinking About Using ChatGPT in Instruction

  • Orientation (blog post from Inside Higher Ed by John Warner)
  • General Uses (scroll to "Embracing..."; blog post from Zak Cohen, ASCD)
  • Options (skip to slide 34; slide deck by Torrey Trust, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Ways to Generate Assignments With ChatGPT Prompts and Outputs

  • Students analyze, critique, and/or revise ChatGPT outputs. These outputs could be prompted
    and generated by the instructor or students.
    • Instructors can focus on course topics with commonly held misconceptions. ChatGPT
      outputs draw upon internet content and frequently yield inaccurate information on
      such topics.
    • Students’ evaluations could include both the outputs and the sources of ChatGPT
      information (if they can find it elsewhere).
  • Students experiment with how changes to the prompts affect outputs.
    • Instructors can challenge students to create a prompt that yields an accurate and well-
      composed output.
    • Students could reflect on how their understanding has changed (or not) after multiple
      rounds of generating prompts and outputs.
  • Having explored the uses and value of ChatGPT through activities such these, instructors and
    students could generate a list of best practices for using ChatGPT as a tool for learning in their

Instructor Insights and Assignment Samples

Fine Print Cautions

Instructors and students should be sure to read Chat GPT’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Students should have the option not to use ChatGPT if they are uncomfortable with how the tool collects or uses their data. In such cases, students can use outputs generated by the instructor or other students.

More Resources for Teaching Writing

For more detailed resources on writing instruction with ChatGPT, visit the Howe Center for Writing Excellence's Resources for Teaching Writing page.

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