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Georgia Tech Is Trying to Keep a ChatGPT-Powered Teaching Assistant From ‘Hallucinating’

A college probably wouldn’t hire a teaching assistant who tends to lie to students about course content or deadlines. So despite the recent buzz about how new AI software like ChatGPT could serve as a helper in classes, there’s widespread concern about the tendency of the technology to simply make up facts. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology think

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The Future Belongs to Online Learners — But Only If Programs Can Help Them Succeed

Jeff Maggioncalda, the CEO of Coursera, can’t hide his excitement about AI. He has ChatGPT on his phone and his iPad, and our 45-minute conversation is peppered with references to Coursera’s newest personal learning assistant, “Coach.” The interview culminates with an on-the-spot demonstration. “Coach is going to be both reactive and proactive for learners. It’s going to be a thinking

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A Surprising Approach to Science Labs for Online Students Boosts Access to STEM Fields

When it comes to teaching science courses online, colleges are getting creative. Institutions are using virtual reality programs to immerse students in laboratory simulations. They’re also mailing lab kits to students’ homes, enabling them to dissect cadavers on their kitchen tables, complete with whole specimens of sharks, birds and snakes, plus that old classic, frogs. But for very good reasons,

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Harvard and MIT Launch Nonprofit to Increase College Access

What would you do if you had $800 million to build a new nonprofit to support innovation in online learning? That’s the privileged question that officials at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have been mulling over for the last two years, and late last month they announced some answers. The result is a new nonprofit named Axim Collaborative,

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What Does It Mean to Deliver a ‘Black College Education’ Online?

Jasper Smith did not spend her freshman year at Howard University studying in the red-brick buildings on its campus in Washington, D.C. Instead, due to the pandemic, she logged into virtual classes from her home, in Arizona. Now that emergency health measures have been lifted, Smith, who is currently a junior, does participate on campus in the life of the

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The Realities of Working as a College Adjunct Professor

After a long weekend of grading essays, I submitted the final grades for English 101. Then I got an email from the scheduling coordinator. Just a heads up, she wrote, likely you’ll have just one course next semester. We were about to head into our winter break. That meant I had less than a month to find yet another source

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AI Tools Like ChatGPT May Reshape Teaching Materials — And Possibly Substitute Teach

This summer, a coding class offered by a private school in Austin, Texas, was led by an unusual teacher. The PreK-8 school, Paragon Prep, offered a series of optional, self-paced, video lessons that were automatically generated from a textbook. In them, an animated avatar made to look like the 19th-century computing pioneer Ada Lovelace taught the basics of the Python

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Why College Students Turned From Being Down on Remote Learning to Mostly in Favor of It

If you go back to the first days of the COVID crisis, when campuses across the country were shutting down, college students weren’t very happy with emergency online learning. Surveys conducted then showed deep dissatisfaction, with as many as 70 percent saying they didn’t like it. Low grades for remote instruction persisted for months. As the nation struggled under one

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