by Ronan Bass


Over the summer you may have heard about ChatGPT in the media but what is it?

What is ChatGPT

ChatGPT is an AI-powered language model developed by OpenAI. It uses deep learning algorithms to generate human-like text based on a given prompt. It is trained on a massive corpus of text data, allowing it to generate text that is contextually relevant and coherent. ChatGPT is commonly used for various NLP tasks such as chatbots, question-answering, text generation, and more.

How can ChatGPT be used in teaching and learning?

ChatGPT can be used in teaching and learning in several ways:

1. As a tutoring tool: ChatGPT can be used as an AI-powered tutor to help students learn new subjects by answering their questions in real-time.

2. For essay grading: ChatGPT can be trained to grade essays based on factors such as grammar, coherence, and relevance to the prompt.

3. As a language learning tool: ChatGPT can be used to help non-native speakers practice and improve their language skills by having conversations with the model.

4. For content generation: ChatGPT can be used to generate educational content, such as summaries of lessons or educational articles.

5. For personalized learning: ChatGPT can be used to provide personalized recommendations to students based on their learning style and progress.

Overall, ChatGPT has the potential to greatly enhance the teaching and learning experience by providing students with instant access to relevant information and personalized feedback.

What are the risks associated with ChatGPT, especially from an assessment point of view?

1. Bias: ChatGPT has been trained on a massive dataset, which could include biases present in the data. This can result in unfair or inaccurate responses.

2. Misinformation: ChatGPT may provide false information or misinterpret the context of a query, leading to incorrect answers.

3. Privacy concerns: ChatGPT may have access to sensitive information during the chat, which could raise privacy concerns.

4. Dependence: Relying solely on ChatGPT for important decision-making may limit creativity and critical thinking skills.

5. Limitations: ChatGPT's responses are limited by the information it was trained on, and it may not have the ability to understand new or complex concepts.

All of the above information was written by ChatGPT!

As with other online tools, it is important to be aware of these risks and take steps to mitigate them. At Ellesmere College-Te Kāreti o Waihora, this will include our continued use of plagiarism detection software which is built into our Learning Management System Its Learning.

As a school committed to innovation and empowering our students to take risks in their learning, we are excited by the possibilities that ChatGPT offers teaching and learning. We look forward to learning more about the potential of this and other technological advances in preparing our students for a future where they will likely be called on to work alongside AI systems.