A few days ago OpenAI released GPTs, which are “custom versions of ChatGPT that you can create for a specific purpose” (announcement here: https://openai.com/blog/introducing-gpts), meaning that one could produce a GPT that is dedicated to a specific set of tasks. I’ve seen a few of these so far, including Mike Sharples’ chatbot that uses his book to offer teaching advice https://chat.openai.com/g/g-RCHNUwnD1-teachsmart, Mairéad Pratschke’s expert in digital education and learning design https://chat.openai.com/g/g-hrPUmXB5X-digital-professor, and this degree builder I came across https://chat.openai.com/g/g-KVB8vSaAJ-degree-designer.

One of the more interesting use cases I saw was one student’s Reddit post titled “I just replaced my chemistry professor with AI:” https://www.reddit.com/r/ChatGPT/comments/17slpti/i_just_replaced_my_chemistry_professor_with_ai/ 

 “I gave it the prompt: you are a college professor teaching inorganic chemistry 2 thermodynamics. The scope of your class is covered in the uploaded documents.

I then uploaded my professors PowerPoint slides and copied and pasted the chapter from the book. All the exercises, extra problems, and a thermodynamics properties table. I also included a summary of the topics covered.

I had to double prompt it to only teach from the documents and upload pdfs seemed to work a lot better than .txt files.”

Lots of areas to reflect on here, including student creativity, privacy, and ethics.