To Teach With or Without ChatGPT?
One of the biggest conundrums in the education world today is to decide whether or not to integrate AI with education. After ChatGPT was released in November 2022, many schools, colleges and universities jumped to action and decided to ban it in different parts of the world including India, France and USA. AI tools such as ChatGPT and plenty of others have acquired a controversial position in the education community.
Some educators feel they would be replaced by AI. Some feel students could misuse AI to complete their coursework. Some feel AI could be a powerful source that can aid teaching-learning process and help us accomplish the things that were humanly not possible.
So, here’s the thing about AI – it is not going anywhere. And neither are teachers.
We already have driverless cars, robotic surgeries, personalized shopping recommendations, voice assistants and so many other AI use cases that have been around for quite some time now. With time, the penetration of AI will increase in every aspect of our life. Therefore, depriving students of AI during their academic years would be akin to shielding them from reality.
As educators, we have a great opportunity to guide students on the right and effective use of AI with self-regulation as this will be one of the most preferred skills in the near future. After all, our role is to prepare students for life. Right?
In this article, we will explore how to use ChatGPT to make our teaching more efficient and effective. Before we get started, here’s one thing that we need to understand as educators – Al will change how we teach in many significant ways.
Adapting to it sooner can catapult you ahead of your peers, enabling you to accomplish your goals faster and better than ever. You could also become a mentor or guide for your peers who might be slow to adapt to it.
So, here are some fundamental ways of using ChatGPT as teachers.
Delegate Admin Tasks
According to a McKinsey survey, globally teachers work on an average of 50 hours a week. In the same survey, they found that teachers were spending about 20-40% of their time on administrative tasks. As a result, they spend less time in direct teaching tasks such as lesson planning, lesson delivery, engaging with students, guiding and mentoring.
ChatGPT is like a free assistant that every teacher can use to get their work done faster without comprising on the quality. Writing general announcement emails to parents could be delegated to it. With the right prompts and briefs, the AI tool is capable of creating highly professional emails. If you want to add personal touch to your emails, you can do so by editing ChatGPT’s draft and still end up saving a lot of time. Other repetitive tasks such as creation of reports and work summaries as well as grading and evaluation could be taken up by ChatGPT saving considerable amounts of time and efforts which could be used in more effective ways.