Educational Technology MOOC [ETmooc] the first occurred in 2013. That MOOC and CLmooc [Connected Learning] in the same year helped guide me to safe, integrated, pedagogically sound use of technology with students and their families. Many of the participants of both ETmooc and CLmooc continued to connect, gather, and collaborate since that first year. Both are truly inquiring and connected learning communities that continue to engage one another to continue a safe and successful path with infusing technology usefully and positively into our lives and with our students.
This year a group of ETMooc members have launched ETmooc2 to dive into the pros and cons of the new developments with Artificial Intelligence, more specifically ChatGPT.
What is ChatGPT– I have not attempted to discover, but here are resources in a Google Doc by Dr Alec Couros, ETmooc founder, including a link to his thorough presentation, Introduction to Generative AI. The Resource page also includes that info.
I encourage you to jump in and take a look at a few, and then take time to watch the introductory session of ETmooc 2: Artificial Intelligence and You. The website to register is here: Register for ETmooc 2. Schedule is every Wednesday- April 12th and 19th, and May 3, 17th and 31st with Drop In Sessions on Wed. April 26th and Wed. May 10th.
What do others think?
ETmooc2 connects learners through a Discord channel, Padlet, and blogs. To link to the slides, channel and Padlet, see the Community page. Member blogs can be found here: S’More ETmooc2 Blogs.
AI Resources I’ve Found:
I’ve found a few resources myself, but I’m not prepared to dive in yet.
- Vicki Davis [@coolcatteacher] Blog: 80 Days of AI and Hi [Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence]
- Richard Byrne [@rmbyrne ] Free Course on ChatGPT and AI
- News Literacy Project [@newslitproject] News Literacy in the Age of AI
- MIT Tech Review ChatGPt Change Not Destroy Education
My AI Concerns
I am a retired Middle School Language Arts / Media Educator, a novice digital artist, and always a sunshine chaser and daily walker.
I’ve always embraced technology as a tool for communication, collaboration, and presentation for those purposes.
Etmooc 1 and CLmooc helped provide the path to doing so with a critical eye towards concise and considered, safe and sourced learning together with student choices.
I’m saddened how many have destroyed thoughtful discourse through their chaotic lies and misinformation. That now, for me, has made me cautious and worried about the use of AI. No matter how we as teachers worked to create that “info for all/ collaborative’ world, we did not foresee or prevent this avalanche of destructive hate.
I know. I know. I see all your smiling, hopeful faces— I know your intent for the positive.
And, I’d like to see more evidence that AI is not a biased undertone against diversity and personal choices.
I want to engage, yet I hold back.
I do look forward to learning more and regaining hope, because at 73– I am seeing less freedom and equity and less focus on our planet and all peoples.
I was too hopeful and too ignorant of these undertones surfacing and entering our personal lives. I do not want to add to the chaos and create a world of hate for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I want them to see the glory in our diversity and collaboration to work for a better world for all.
So, I hesitate.
“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?”George Eliot, poet
Another Topic Surfaced: Ungrading
I do have quite a few resources on ungrading– the idea that grades inhibit learning and that a focus on learning and feedback better encourages successful engagement in the learning journey.
I’ve created a OneTab webpage of a list of resources here: Ungrading
- Grades | Cult of Pedagogy
- Jesse Stommel
- Ungrading: an FAQ
- Home – An Urgency of Teachers
- (1) Jesse Stommel on Twitter: “10 quotes (in no particular order) from almost 200 years that have informed my thinking about grades and ungrading: “When the how’s of assessment preoccupy us, they tend to chase the why’s back into the shadows.” ~ Alfie Kohn” / Twitter
- What is Ungrading?: a Q&A
- Ungrading and Alternative Assessment: a Workshop – Google Docs
- OU Digital Teaching: Getting Rid of Grades (book chapter)
- You searched for Ungrading : Metawriting
- (3) Laura Gibbs on Twitter: “@alfiekohn pinging @PhilOnEdTech also for this really excellent piece on grading/ungrading in the Chronicle, although I’m guessing you saw it already (?). getting to be part of this book project is the single most useful thing I’ve ever done as a teacher. :-)” / Twitter
- Make Writing a Daily Ritual in Every Content Area
- OSF | UC ungrading action research project
- for the love of learning
- (3) Aaron S Blackwelder MA Ed on Twitter: “@arinbasu @TG2Chat @slamteacher @Jessifer Thanks. I suggest starting piggybacking on the work of @HumResPro. Here is a link to their research page on #Ungrading. https://t.co/8XtRURmQvJ” / Twitter
- Ungrading Chapbook : Martha Fay Burtis : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
- Search | Edutopia
- (3) Alfie Kohn on Twitter: “1/2 New report on how (and why) more colleges and instructors are inching toward #ungrading: https://t.co/acrXL88Svk. (The negative comments are from people associated with a conservative org. cofounded by Lynne Cheney and funded by the right-wing Bradley and Olin foundations.)” / Twitter
- Momentum builds for helping students adapt to college by nixing freshman grades
- Metawriting | Scoop.it
- (3) Alfie Kohn on Twitter: “Turns out the case for #ungrading isn’t limited to schools: Why a restaurant reviewer stopped using reductive, star-based ratings: https://t.co/GctcokTIso” / Twitter
- (230) Ungrading: More possibilities than some might think: Martin Compton – YouTube
- Ungrading: What is it and why should we use it? | Chemical Education Xchange
- George Hess Reflection&Evaluation_2022 (Public View) – Google Docs
Please join in the journey: AI and You with Dr Alec Couros and others to learn how to safely apply and encourage positive use of AI in our world. Register for ETmooc 2 !
I agree about not trusting the tech world or the government to properly address the negative possibilities. I’d like to see educators be more active in expecting some conversation and solutions to the current, rampant disinformation— including on Cable channels. There should be some form of ethics to blast over the airways, cable, etc.
I’ll be writing another post this week, because Terry posted a tweet quote from Chris Martin that finally brought to the surface some understanding of this AI ChatGPT and I agree with his take: it’s rehashing, without credit, a database gathered by and from what?????? So— not analysis, just copying and remixing, but not credit to the original authors. That is a concept we from CLmooc and DS106 understand. Lots to unpack, and I’m not smart enough anymore to do much with it, but I still have my 2 cents worth to say based on experience and caring about the world and the people in it.
Thanks for reading and adding a bit. We do look for the positive, and we do want to help our students navigate and understand what’s occurring with AI and its use.
Terry’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/telliowkuwp/status/1647982636504166402?s=61&t=JDfj2B5hhdlZF4_Kr3tZ5w
“I was too hopeful and too ignorant of these undertones surfacing and entering our personal lives.” I feel this, even I explore. I can’t say it is hope that is driving my inquiry — I don’t trust the tech world to do the right thing and I don’t trust the government to enact meaningful regulations. Sheesh. Put that way, what am I hopeful for? I catch the glimmers of how AI might be positive in people’s lives, and I know my students, young as they are, no doubt are already trying it. I need to be informed, as an educator, so that I know how to help them navigate forward. Thanks for your skepticism and the historical connections. All are useful for my own thinking, Sheri.