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TESL Dialogue: Artificial Intelligence Chat and Us (webinar recording)

By: Marco Campana
August 1, 2023

In this May 2023 TESL Ontario session, John Allan of the Avenue project provides an overview of the potential promise and limitations of AI tools in ESL work. I've also included more videos and articles John has shared about AI and ChatGPT specifically.

John has been exploring and sharing what he's learning about AI and language instruction in a number of interesting posts and videos:

Subscribe to his YouTube channel for interesting, useful, and practical tips and learning. Here's his growing playlist of ChatGPT-related videos:


Digital Citizenship and the Challenge of AI 
The past six months have witnessed an unprecedented technological phenomenon that has the potential to revolutionize most professions. Education is now challenged with developing innovative teaching and assessment strategies. As well, stakeholders in education will need to adjust to the deepened pressures that AI tools pose for plagiarism and misinformation. Weekly, waves of new and reinvigorated AI powered tools are being touted continuously through social media and education sources. Active curation and training will be required to sort these out. This will include revising institutional policies and codes of ethics.

ChatGPT Extensions: Make it Your Personal Assistant
Whether you’re aware of it or not, the recent release of artificial intelligence-powered chatbots is transforming the way we interact with technology. OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer, allows anyone to engage with it in a human-like manner to achieve a response. Over the past few months, scores of GPT-powered web apps and browser extensions have appeared due to AI-powered chatbots resulting from the release of the OpenAI’s GPT API (applications programming interface). The API allows apps to work with ChatGPT. This allows software developers to create more powerful applications. The browser extensions described below will help language instructors use ChatGPT more effectively to enhance their lessons and daily digital tasks.

AI in the Classroom: The New, New Normal?
In December of 2022, Cecilia Aponte-de-Hanna brought the discussion of artificial intelligence or “AI” to the TESL Ontario community with her post, AI in the Classroom: Love It or Hate It – It’s Here. Cecilia piqued our curiosity by showing us an example of a test text generation and suggested three ways that she was considering using AI with her lessons.   

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