(Spoiler alert: it has been very successful, but there are some lessons to be learned)
Knowingly or unknowingly, you've just taught the world's first prompt engineering course. Congrats!
What a pleasurable read. It's marvelous thing to see AI being embraced by an educator. By doing so, you have equipped your students for what's to come in the next 10-20 years. Bravo! 👏
I think where we disagree is how rapidly the CX of LLMs will change. While learning the current interface is fun and useful in getting value out of the current rev, these deficits are the first to be addressed. So there is huge value in learning "pong" when "xbox" is around the corner but it's more about how the tech evolves and changes and less about retaining "pong playing" skills.
Legal issues - from an MBA perspective, this cuts to the core of "how do I make money". Unless this is simply "fun with tech", IP is sort of important in today's tech landscape. As this is very unsettled law that will likely strike at the core of some AI business models, it is sort of important. Also see the EU's recent ruling about Facebook's business model and Garland's google case for how legal issues may destroy the some of the most valuable companies on the planet.
Sustainability - from an MBA perspective I thought the current trend was sustainability is in almost every discussion. The ROI of these types of solutions factors very much into "how valuable is this tool". Would hope that most MBA students understand that Amazon/Microsoft/Google data centers aren't free. Green AI is already a thing.
Ethics - from an MBA and tech strategy perspective, ethics are at the core of how we use new disruptive technologies. The US has been less than stellar in its use of new tech (see privacy, surveillance capitalism) and omitting a robust discussion about ethics seems to be a lost opportunity to guide young minds.
While I love this, you are living through V1 tech that will evolve super quickly and likely specialize - so students should look to understand the concepts (why) it works this way as opposed to spending a lot of time on the NLP interface....
Also please tell me that you're also including a big slug of
"ethical use of AI" - what if we ask it to help us do "bad things?"
"sustainability" - creates greenhouse gasses to produce a lot of worthless results
"legal/IP issues" - Stable Diffusion could be sued into the ground by getty and if training data is IP then scraping my website (copyright) could be illegal (ahem ChatGPT...).
Hi. I am doing an audit of policies on AI use by top universities. I noticed a striking similarity with your note and that of UChicago Prof. Gregory Bunch. See this: https://instructionaldesign.chicagobooth.edu/2023/03/20/artificial-intelligence-ai-tools-chat-gpt/
I'd appreciate if you'd reach out to me in my school email firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a research faculty from the Philippines.
Hey! aiarchives.org can assist with point no. 3 on your A.I. Policy.
A.I. Archives saves the prompt along with the chatGPT response in a shareable URL that allows the information to be retrievable by other readers and creates citations.
What I can say is that these AI have helped traders in development of trading strategies making some research
An interesting and informative case study. Thanks for sharing your experience of teaching students some AI literacy - something that sorely needed for everyone. I also cant help thinking MBA students at a decently ranked university are not exactly representative of the majority of students, especially undergraduates at run of the mill institutions or students in schools. The generation heading off to preps and year one of primary school this year are those who will go through their entire formal education and graduate into a world awash with this technology. They do need more guidance and we will probably learn from them too. You probably know of this already, but for the benefit of others, a free resource for learning promoting is https://learnprompting.org/
Thank you for these suggestions on how to embrace the use of AI to MBA teaching. I am wondering how do you grade these assignments though? I am guessing they all get an A in the end? Would appreciate your advice on grading.
I was interesting! Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your teaching AI journey. Looking forward to hearing about what happens next.
Very interesting work. Well done! For info, our team of professors (University of Mons, Belgium) are using the same AI to design an architecture project with students from a workshop for digital architecture. the AI is integrated in the design process before materializing the work on a real field. Overall, we have informed our students of the same risks. However, we use Chat GPT3.5 to write texts for us in semantics recognised specifically for... mid journey. In this way we are using the best of both worlds, communicating our chat-to-drawing questions to each other. We will keep you posted on the outcome at the end of June. best.
I really like the idea of embracing the change. Instead of forbid the tools, lets learn how to use the tool - also a great opportunity to practice critical thinking, how to check facts etc.
There are 2 BIG takeaways I get from this. First, this was an effective "how-to" guide for using AI tools well, one that I plan to use extensively in my own personal marketing efforts. The second, from a parent perspective, is the need to embrace AI as a ubiquitous part of the world in which our children are developing. This is important, because resisting it is paramount to creating a barrier between the parent and child, whereas learning to use it with them creates another avenue for sharing life together.
It is my understanding that you are teaching MBA students. Those students should already know a lot of high level concepts such as sources validation, the importance of nuance, etc.
Your article underlines this pretty clearly: they were able to avoid pitfalls, to correct the AI or to be critic of the results thanks to their previous knowledge.
Now, that recoups my view of AI, and most tools actually: it mostly help people that know how to do things without them, because they understand the underlying mechanics of writing a good essay, or doing a substraction.
I'm afraid that if you give AI tools to young people, too soon, they would not understand all that and that the effect could be devastating.
What are you thought on this?
Awesome write up and dead on. Great work in really helping your students develop #AI literacy. You are a great instructor.