While many educators are still trying to decide if they should ban ChatGPT or build on it, Ethan Mollick, a professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, has already found a way to use it as a teaching tool, writes Douglas Belkin for The Wall Street Journal.
ChatGPT uses machine-learning algorithms to produce prose that sounds like it was written by a human. It is currently free to use and is capable of delivering a written answer on nearly any subject from multiple perspectives in fifteen seconds.
Mollick believes that this tool can be used to teach higher-order thinking skills. So he has been instructing his students on how to ask ChatGPT the most astute questions. Then, they are tasked with deconstructing, fact-checking, and improving the answer.
“The English majors are programmers now,” he said.
He added that ChatGPT has already managed to change his expectations of his students.
“I expect them to write more and expect them to write better,” he said. “This is a force multiplier for writing. I expect them to use it.”
Read more about how Ethan Mollick is using Chat GPT as a teaching tool in The Wall Street Journal
How it Happened explains ChatGPT.