Should Educators be concerned about ChatGPT and related technologies?

November 8, 2023 nocilla_mhn6zc

Teachers need not be concerned about ChatGPT in particular. However, educators worry that ChatGPT could be exploited to generate plagiarised work due to its role as a language model. Students need to learn the value of original work and how to responsibly and ethically utilise language models like ChatGPT.


Alismail, Halah Ahmed and Dr. Patrick McGuire in 2015 in their journal

21st Century Standards and Curriculum: Current Research and Practice.”

Quoted that; “it is important to allow students the creativity and use the power of technology to support necessary skills and learn in unique ways. By allowing creative thinking and gauging understanding of content standards through a portfolio based system, students can display their concept retention while producing tangible and valuable outcomes. The future of our students depends on flexibility and resourcefulness not teaching to the test”

It is important to note that although ChatGPT is a strong tool, it should not be used as a replacement for human education but rather in conjunction with other teaching approaches.

 I asked ChatGPT the following question:

Can ChatGPT assist students and lecturers to provide creative learning?

The answer was the following:

ChatGPT can potentially assist students and lectures in providing creative learning in several ways:

  •  Generating writing prompts: ChatGPT can be used to generate creative writing prompts that students can use to improve their writing skills.
  • Summarizing content: ChatGPT can be used to summarize complex texts and make them more accessible for students.
  • Providing examples: ChatGPT can be used to generate examples of different concepts, which can help students understand them better.
  • Research assistance: ChatGPT can be used to assist students with research by generating a list of relevant sources on a given topic.
  • Language learning: ChatGPT can be used to assist students in learning a new language by generating translations and helping with grammar exercises.

The list above looks like a set of ready-made exercises that a lecturer or teacher might ask his students to do. However, students still have to solve problems, think critically, and be creative on their own. This made me think of Dr. David A. Sousa’s Seven Cs concept for teaching:

1.    Collaboration

2.    Communication

3.    Creativity

4.    Critical thinking

5.    Character

6.    Citizenship

7.    Cultural competence

Most of these are human actions, however, technology can help but one of the seven stages “Character” cannot be assisted with technology because it defines the growth of one’s “Character” to cultivate personal and social responsibility as well as ethical behaviour. This entails cultivating characteristics such as honesty, integrity, respect, and justice in oneself. It also entails learning to take responsibility for one’s actions and comprehending the effects those acts have on the people around them. These are intangible qualities that cannot be replicated by technology.

It is time for us to make some changes to the way we educate our children and make investments in education that will raise a generation with strong morals, based on creativity, imagination, and social responsibility.

Why not, especially with innovative technology such as ChatGPT?