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EDUC 439/639: ChatGPT & AI Chatbots

We are fortunate having Wikipedia provide excellent coverage of the technologies comprised by ChatGPT and AI Chatbots. Listed here are the foundational articles. Many of these articles link to one another and it may seem confusing deciding where to begin. That is why the following list is enumerated to suggest the order in which you may wish to dive in. Some of the content is technically advanced but do not worry about that because the course modules will enable you to understand the underlying concepts. The goal is for you to develop an understanding of how large language models work through generative AI that has been pre-trained so that it can transform what you ask it to do into an intelligent response.

  1. Generative Artificial Intelligence.

  2. Transformer Architecture.

  3. Generative pre-trained transformer (GPT).

  4. ChatGPT.

  5. Bard.

  6. LLaMA.

  7. Large Language Model (LLM).

  8. Fine Tuning.


To complete the hands-on computer assignments in this course, each student will need access to a multimedia computer (Windows or Macintosh) that is connected to the Internet via the latest version of either Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

Computer Accounts

Every University of Delaware student automatically receives an e-mail account. You should visit www.udel.edu/network to manage your password, username, and quotas.

Computer Sites

All students registered in this class have the option of using the multimedia PCs and Macs in the campus computing sites. Use sites.udel.edu/computingsites to link to the general access site schedule. Please note that the use of the campus computing sites is totally optional in this course. If you have your own computer and Internet connection, you may never need to use the campus computing sites.

E-mail Addresses

Every student in this class must have an e-mail address on the Internet and read e-mail regularly. If you're enrolled in a University of Delaware course, and you do not have an e-mail account yet, go to the help center and follow the e-mail link for detailed instructions on how to activate your e-mail account. If you do not read your UD mail regularly, you should go to www.udel.edu/network and follow the instructions to forward your e-mail to your preferred e-mail address.