And if they’re not, what can be done to get them to do it? Or is that the wrong way to think about it? (more…)
Some philosophy professors, realizing that many of their students are unfamiliar with writing philosophy papers, provide them with “how-to” guides to the task.
A survey conducted at the end of last year indicated that 30% of college students had used ChatGPT for schoolwork. Undoubtedly, the number has gone up since then. Teachers: what have your experiences been like with student use of ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs)? (more…)
How do large language models (LLMs) affect how we understand our job as teachers, and how does it affect what we should do in order to do that job well? (more…)
“ChatGPT has just woken many of us up to the fact that we need to be better teachers, not better cops.” (more…)
As teachers, we have certain basic expectations of our students, and from our own perspectives, some of these expectations may be so basic that we may not think to tell the students about them. (more…)
As we saw in the discussion of last week’s post about Harry Frankfurt’s recollections of Max Black, some of you recall hard-ass professors you had as being among your most effective teachers and you think of them with appreciation and fondness—and some of you, not so much. Despite this difference, one thing seems to be certain: many of you have been poked with the..
“Argument mapping is about twice as effective at improving student critical thinking as other methods,” writes Jonathan Surovell (Texas State University). However, “there are obstacles preventing philosophy teachers from adopting it.” (more…)
“There is such an enormous and useful energy in bouncing back and forth between the theoretical and the practical.”
What materials exist for teaching large introductory logic courses, and how do they compare? (more…)
“All I did was go to a website that is designed to facilitate cheating and set up a kind of camera to see who visited it.” (more…)
AutomatED, a guide for professors about AI and related technology run by philosophy PhD Graham Clay (mentioned in the Heap of Links last month), is running a challenge to professors to submit assignments that they believe are immune to effective cheating by use of large language models. (more…)
“Learn formal logic in lessons of 200 words per day.” (more…)
“There is room to think creatively about how to improve learning and love of philosophy via innovation in pedagogy.” (more…)
“It will be difficult to make an entire class completely ChatGPT cheatproof. But we can at least make it harder for students to use it to cheat.” (I’m reposting this to encourage those teaching philosophy courses to share what they are doing differently this semester so as to teach effectively in a world in which their students have access to ChatGPT. It was origina..
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a visiting professor at Morehouse College in the early 1960’s.* While there, he taught a senior seminar in social and political philosophy. What was on the syllabus? (more…)
There has been a fair amount of concern over the threats that ChatGPT and AI in general pose to teaching. But perhaps there’s an upside? (more…)
Between the developments in large language models (like GPT-3) and their possible use by students, and being in the thick of end-of-term grading of papers, the idea of making use of oral exams, as suggested in a recent New York Times column, seems tempting. (more…)
A philosophy professor has launched a project to create 3D-printed models of philosophical thought experiments, along with other open-access materials “designed to teach learners of all ages about the problems of philosophy.” (more…)
“Whenever someone claims that we should not mention Hume’s racism because he was a product of his time we should commit that argument ‘to the flames: for it contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.'” (more…)
A team of scholars at Georgetown University have developed a set of open-access resources for teaching and learning business ethics. (more…)
Over the past few years we have seen some startling progress from Large Language Models (LLMs) like GPT-3, and some of those paying attention to these developments, such as philosopher John Symons (University of Kansas), believe that they pose an imminent threat to teaching and learning (for those who missed its inclusion in the Heap of Links earlier this summer, yo..
“We can free ourselves up to pursue a wider range of educational goals when we see that fairness is not an absolute demand for all classroom life, but only one goal among many. And sometimes, we can trade away some degree of fairness in the pursuit of other goals.” (more…)
“Over 70% of our students… reported being more likely than before to listen to someone who held an opposing viewpoint…” (more…)
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” an advertising slogan for Las Vegas tourism, has been adopted by a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College as a motto for one of his courses, as a way of creating a “safe space” for students who might be worried about their comments in class getting taken out of context, or showing up on social media. (more…)..