ChatGPT has been in the news since at least November 2022. Many of you are likely familiar with it by now or have at least heard of it. In terms of artificial intelligence (AI), it is not the only player on the block. There has been a lot of hand-wringing from educators around the potential (and currently seen) impact of ChatGPT. In January 2023, New York state banned it in K-12. There have been a plethora of experts writing about it and hosting panel discussions.
The Rise of ChatGPT: How to work with and around it
From the description: “Watch an exciting episode of our Liquid Margins series, “Liquid Margins 38: The rise of ChatGPT and how to work with and around it”. In this episode, we discuss the implications of ChatGPT in higher education and how faculty are approaching this evolving new technology. Faculty guests include Joel Gladd of College of Western Idaho, Kat King of Diablo Valley College, Dr. Nicholas LoLordo of the University of Oklahoma, Rachel Elliott Rigolino of SUNY, together with our very own Jeremy Dean, VP of Education of Hypothesis.”
More Reading and Listening about ChatGPT
- Episode 231 Trends for March 29-April 13, 2023: ChatGPT, Online Instructional Resources, Instructional Design, and Personalized Learning
- Also a good place to keep up with trends and issues in instructional design
- Free online course about using ChatGPT in Education
- How to use ChatGPT as a learning tool from the American Psychological Association
- ChatGPT use cases from Northern Illinois University (my alma mater!)
- ChatGPT in Education: The Pros, Cons and Unknowns of Generative AI, EdTech (focus in k-12 but still interesting)
- ChatGPT For Students: How AI Chatbots Are Revolutionizing Education, eLearning Industry
- ChatGPT and Higher Education: Initial Prevalence and Areas of Interest, EDUCAUSE
Faculty across the world have expressed concern about how AI might disrupt educational processes with worry that even their jobs might be at risk due to AI. I do not believe AI will be the deathknell for humans to continue to be educators. It will require us to think outside the lines for how to take advantage of it.
AI can assist, but there would always be a need for instructional professionals because AI won’t know the students or the faculty on campus. AI won’t know what works best for the local learning community. AI won’t know the craft of instruction or how a particular instructor helps students succeed through instructional practices and personal engagement/feedback. Context is very important and necessary. AI can learn about the context, but never experience the context or the engagement between learners, content, and instructor.
Michael Porterfield, Ph.D., Educational Technology Manager, McKendree University
EDUCAUSE, April 6, 2023 – Instructional Design Community
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Read on to discover more AI tools out there and what they can provide. Who knows – maybe you’ll find one of them useful for your own purposes. These are some AI tools that I have found interesting lately.
Keep in mind (we already know this but still….) There’s much more to AI than ChatGPT. Here are ‘100 creative ideas’ for incorporating AI in education. How would you use these AI tools for teaching and learning?
Evidence Hunt is an interesting resource which enables you to pose questions about clinical evidence to PubMed abstracts.
I posed the following question to it: In patients with osteoarthritis of the hip, is water therapy more effective than land-based exercise in restoring range-of-motion?
The response I got back from the AI tool: A comparison of land-based and water-based rehabilitation programs following total knee replacement surgery showed comparable outcomes in terms of range of motion in both groups (pmid: 19177536). However, there is no direct evidence comparing water therapy to land-based exercise specifically for hip osteoarthritis.
The query string it used to search PubMed:
((\”osteoarthritis\” OR \”hip osteoarthritis\”) AND (\”water therapy\” OR \”aquatic therapy\”) AND (\”range of motion\” OR \”ROM\” OR \”flexibility\”)) OR ((\”osteoarthritis\” OR \”hip osteoarthritis\”) AND (\”land-based exercise\” OR \”physical therapy\”) AND (\”range of motion\” OR \”ROM\” OR \”flexibility\”)) OR ((\”water therapy\” OR \”aquatic therapy\”) AND (\”hip range of motion\” OR \”hip mobility\” OR \”hip flexibility\”) AND (\”osteoarthritis\” OR \”hip osteoarthritis\”)) OR ((\”land-based exercise\” OR \”physical therapy\”) AND (\”hip range of motion\” OR \”hip mobility\” OR \”hip flexibility\”) AND (\”osteoarthritis\” OR \”hip osteoarthritis\”)) OR ((\”physical therapy\” OR \”exercise therapy\”) AND (\”water therapy\” OR \”land-based exercise\”) AND (\”hip range of motion\” OR \”hip mobility\” OR \”hip flexibility\”) AND (\”osteoarthritis\” OR \”hip osteoarthritis\”))
This is the main scholarly article in PubMed it pointed to:
Land-based versus water-based rehabilitation following total knee replacement: a randomized, single-blind trial
As I am not a subject expert in this area, I cannot verify the result is relevant. The About section of the website says it is scanning the text of over 35 million PubMed articles. Try it yourself. As of April 2023, you must include your email address when you search.
Galileo AI creates delightful, editable user interface (UI) designs from a simple text description. It empowers you to design faster than ever. It is currently in beta and you have to request early access. It sounds promising and not just for web designers. It will be interesting to see it in action when it’s available.
SlidesAI is an AI tool to create ‘presentation slides in minutes.’ As of April 2023, it works with Google Slides and ‘coming soon’ to PowerPoint. You have to install the add-on to Google Slides for it to work.
I tried this out by using a description of an upcoming conference presentation.
Here is the description I gave it to produce slides:
“Health sciences scholarship acknowledges the need for widespread cultural transformation championing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) across all levels of medical education and health care (Humphrey, Levinson, Nivet, and Schoenbaum, 2020). As members of educational technology teams, we are uniquely positioned to engage with a broad range of the medical education community, including internal organizations, curricular development, audio visual and pedagogical technology support, and facilities. In this session, four schools share their approaches to applying IDEA principles within their organizational culture and through implementations of educational technology in support of medical schools and inclusive patient care, including topics of belonging for women in technology, DEI curriculum, library databases, faculty development, and accessible learning spaces and technologies.”
Here is what SlidesAI produced: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10YSra2Yhtp1c0mwCoDXupk6zZeJyB2tVBp0khHIfueU/edit?usp=sharing
Synthesis.io is a platform to create ‘professional videos in minutes.’ Similar to Wellsaid Labs, this one brings video creation using AI to the next level. You add your own text, select a ‘talking head’ and see what it produces. Here are some of the features. Synthesia uses your text to create very lifelike avatars who speak your words.
Learn more about it with this short video introduction.
The days of computer-generated voiceovers that sound like a computer speaking are coming to a quick close.
Not going to be too critical, but I did notice a typo on their website. Should I tell them? Hmmm. Maybe I’ll have my avatar tell them using an AI-generated voice.
Wellsaid Labs is an AI voice platform. It helps you to create voiceovers using text-to-speech AI generated voices with different delivery styles, pitch, speed, etc.
Here are some examples for creating AI voiceovers for video production. This might be a useful tool if you need to record video but don’t want to spend the time recording your voice. As long as you have a decent script, this tool might work for you.
So there you go – some of the AI tools I’ve been looking at lately. There are so many coming out of the proverbial woodwork, it’s more difficult to keep up with them all.