The Socratic Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionized how we learn and access information. However, it is crucial to create a supportive learning environment where students feel comfortable asking questions and seeking guidance on how to use AI-powered tools effectively. Faculty should support students using AI through the Socratic method and video-based learning.
The Socratic method is a teaching method that encourages critical thinking and active engagement. The technique involves asking questions to stimulate students’ thinking and help them develop their ideas. In a Socratic classroom, the teacher guides the discussion and encourages students to explore ideas and challenge assumptions.
Using ChatGPT as an example, a teacher can use the Socratic method to engage students in a discussion about the information generated by the tool. For instance, a teacher could ask the students to develop a prompt and then tell ChatGPT to create a response. Afterward, the teacher could ask the students to analyze the response and evaluate its accuracy, reliability, and relevance. The teacher could then ask follow-up questions to help students understand the context and meaning of the answer.
Video-based learning, on the other hand, leverages multimedia content to enhance the learning experience. Videos can supplement lectures and give students a more engaging and interactive learning experience. Teachers can use videos to explain complex concepts, provide real-world examples, and offer visual aids that support learning.
It is common for students to feel apprehensive about using AI-powered tools such as ChatGPT, especially when they are unsure about how to use them correctly. However, instead of punishing students for using these tools, educators should teach them how to use them correctly and ethically. In addition, students should learn the importance of referencing and citing sources using AI-generated content. By doing so, we can help students develop critical thinking skills and encourage them to engage with technology responsibly and ethically.
In conclusion, AI is a powerful tool that has the potential to transform the way we learn and access information. Faculty should support students using AI through the Socratic method and video-based learning. The Socratic method can encourage critical thinking and active engagement, while video-based learning can provide students with a more engaging and interactive learning experience. By teaching students how to use AI-powered tools such as ChatGPT correctly and ethically, we can help them develop critical thinking skills and use technology to enhance their learning and growth.
by: Ayman ElTarabishy, President & CEO, ICSB
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, GWSB