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Course Description

EDUC 439/639: ChatGPT & AI Chatbots

Introduces participants to AI Chatbots such as ChatGPT, Bard, and other emerging competitors. Explains how these AI tools work via generative, pre-training, and transformative processing. Explores how these AI tools are being integrated into everyday search engines. Reflects on the impact this has on teaching and learning. Participants create a project based on the AI tools of their choice and share their findings with the class.

Course Modules

This course is organized into a series of modules that are presented to you via the Web. The modules are attached to a collabsible menu that organizes the modules in roughly the same order in which they will be discussed in class. You need not complete these modules in this prescribed order, however. Rather, you can work through the course at your own pace, skipping modules that do not interest you, and spending more time on those that do.


Your grade in this course will be based on your performance on a series of assignments that appear on this online syllabus. At any time, you can view the assignments. This list of assignments provides you with a snapshot of what you need to do in this course. All the rest is optional. It is totally up to you how much of the other material you will want to complete. Your instructor will help guide you, depending on the topics you choose to pursue.


You will receive grades on three kinds of activities. First, there are communication assignments designed to create a proactively supportive relationship between you and your professor. Second, there are three graded discussions that involve you in cooperative learning with your fellow classmates. Third, you will create a final project that you make with an AI Chatbot on a topic of your choice. These three parts of the course each constitute a third of your final grade.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to: