Using AI to Implement Effective Teaching Strategies in Classrooms: Five Strategies, Including Prompts

26 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2023

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Ethan R. Mollick

University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School

Lilach Mollick

University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School

Date Written: March 17, 2023

Abstract

This paper provides guidance for using AI to quickly and easily implement evidence-based teaching strategies that instructors can integrate into their teaching. We discuss five teaching strategies that have proven value but are hard to implement in practice due to time and effort constraints. We show how AI can help instructors create material that supports these strategies and improve student learning. The strategies include providing multiple examples and explanations; uncovering and addressing student misconceptions; frequent low-stakes testing; assessing student learning; and distributed practice. The paper provides guidelines for how AI can support each strategy, and discusses both the promises and perils of this approach, arguing that AI may act as a “force multiplier” for instructors if implemented cautiously and thoughtfully in service of evidence-based teaching practices.

Keywords: AI, GPT4, ChatGPT, Learning

Suggested Citation

Mollick, Ethan R. and Mollick, Lilach, Using AI to Implement Effective Teaching Strategies in Classrooms: Five Strategies, Including Prompts (March 17, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4391243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4391243

Ethan R. Mollick (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School ( email )

The Wharton School
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6370
United States

Lilach Mollick

University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School ( email )

3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6365
United States

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