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Jan 19, 2023

In Episode 131, Kevin Patton discusses the use of ChatGPT and other chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI) in teaching and learning. We learn what's going on, what to be concerned about, and what to look forward to. And how to keep breathing.

0:00:00 | Introduction

0:00:53 | What's a Chatbot and Why Should I Care?

0:08:44 | Sponsored by AAA

0:09:51 | Kevin Asks ChatGPT Some Questions

0:21:25 | Sponsored by HAPI

0:22:01 | Is ChatGPT Amazing? Is It Accurate?

0:37:23 | Sponsored by HAPS

0:38:11 | Arms Race or Tool Box?

0:46:55 | Calculators, Typewriters, and Grammarly

0:58:36 | Cool Tools and Alternative Assessments

1:06:20 | Worry?

1:13:47 | Staying Connected


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What's a Chatbot and Why Should I Care?

8 minutes

ChatGPT is a very hot topic of conversation among anatomy and physiology faculty. It's a chatbot. But was IS a chatbot? The use of chatbots by students can be concerning regarding learning and academic integrity. Why is that? Are we in an arms race?

★ The Human Microbial System | Episode 47 (with segment: Teachers vs robots in the age of AI)

★ What is a chatbot? (IBM's definition)

★ ChatGPT (what everyone's talking about)

★ Rising from the ashes: Higher education in the age of AI (article on the public reaction to ChatGPT)

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Is AI the Beginning or End of Learning? | TAPP 131

Sponsored by AAA

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A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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Artificial intelligence and clinical anatomical education: Promises and perils (descriptive article by Michelle Lazarus et al. in Anatomical Sciences Education)

Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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Kevin Asks ChatGPT Some Questions

11.5 minutes

Kevin asks questions of ChatGPT, and it generates some answers. Can you tell that it's not human? Listen and find out!


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

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The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

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Is ChatGPT Amazing? Is It Accurate?

15.5 minutes

Okay, what is it? Did ChatGPT do a good job of answering Kevin's interview questions? Can you tell it's not human? How might this work if a student used ChatGPT to generate content for exam answers or assignments?

★ Mock Interview About Podcasts with Kevin Patton and ChatGPT

★ ★ I have not been able to post both the transcript and this mock interview as a separate bonus item in the TAPPapp, as I'd thought I'd be able to do. The link above (also available in the TAPPapp) is the best way to access the mock interview.

★ Microsoft's AI Program Can Clone Your Voice From a 3-Second Audio Clip (article from PC Magazine; this is scary)

★ Opinion | Human This Christmas (interesting take on the human aspect of what's going on with ChatGPT from The New York Times)

★ Abstracts written by ChatGPT fool scientists (article from Nature discusses using AI bots for writing abstracts)

★ OpenAI begins piloting ChatGPT Professional, a premium version of its viral chatbot (I told you so)

★ ChatGPT Advice Academics Can Use Now (article from Inside Higher Ed)

★ Truce Be Told: Just a few years after banning Wikipedia, some educators are starting to make peace with the popular online encyclopedia that anyone can write and edit (from Harvard's Ed. Magazine)

★ Wikipedia, Once Shunned, Now Embraced in the Classroom (article from Inside Higher Education)


Sponsored by HAPS

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Arms Race or Tool Box?

9 minutes

What are some ways we can meet the challenges and opportunities offered by chatbots?

★ A college student made an app to detect AI-written text (about GPTZero detector for ChatGPT content; from NPR)

★ GPTZero (the ChatGPT detector tool)

★ The Cheater! Academic Integrity in Remote Learning | TAPP 81

★ Promoting Academic Integrity in Our Course | Episode 25

★ Anatomy & Physiology Syllabus: It's an Art | TAPP 120


Calculators, Typewriters, and Grammarly

12 minutes

Kevin discusses some ideas from past episodes, an episode of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, and other sources.

★ How Artificial Intelligence is Impacting Higher Education (Cynthia Alby, coauthor of Learning That Matters discusses how artificial intelligence [like ChatGPT] is impacting higher education on episode 448 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast hosted by Bonni Stachowiak)

★ Teaching Writing in an Age of AI (John Warner explains that when we write, we are both expressing and exploring an idea)

★ ChatGPT: Understanding the new landscape and short-term solutions (Tips and insights compiled by Cynthia Alby, Co-Author of Learning That Matters: A Field Guide to Course Design for Transformative Education)

★ Artificial intelligence may improve accuracy of gestational age estimation (article on using AI in medicine; one of a bazillion)

★ The nail in the coffin: How AI could be the impetus to reimagine education (article by Cynthia Alby)

★ ChatGPT Zotero group (public group in Zotero with shared list of ChatGPT references)

★ Update Your Course Syllabus for chatGPT (ideas for staying ahead of the game)

★ Teaching: Will ChatGPT Change the Way You Teach (column from the Teaching newsletter in the Chronicle of Higher Education)

★ What are We Doing About AI Essays? (very insightful article from Faculty Focus)

★ Grammarly (automatic grammar/style checker)

★ Speechelo (AI Text To Voice Tool)


Cool Tools and Alternative Assessments

8 minutes

We also explore some ways AI can be used appropriately in teaching and learning. And there's a comment or two in looking for opportunities to experiment with alternative grading, ungrading, and authentic assessments.

★ Hotpot (AI "creative helper" is a set of bots that help create graphics, pictures, text)

★ SciSpace: Your AI Copilot to decode any research paper (mentioned in this segment)

★ Yes, ChatGPT can answer exam questions. But can it write them too? (Justin Shaffer's column that turns the question around)

★ 20 Entertaining Uses of ChatGPT You Never Knew Were Possible (want help in making lesson plans?)

★ Speechelo (AI Text To Voice Tool)

★ Authentic Assessment (introduction to this topic) AandP/

★ Ungrading With Standards-Based Grading | A Chat With Staci Johnson | TAPP 106



7.5 minutes

What? Me worry? Not much, when it comes to chatbots used by students. There are even things I can do to dial back my worry when I recognize that it's not appropriate.

★ Clouded Leopard Found at Dallas Zoo After ‘Suspicious’ Tear in Enclosure (mentioned in this segment)

★ Why we are hard-wired to worry, and what we can do to calm down (article mentioned in this segment)

★ SUN TAI CHI CHUAN KUAN-STYLE FOR BEGINNERS - Section I - Preview (Kevin's tai chi teachers)



Contributors: Terry Thompson, ChatGPT

Production: Aileen Park (announcer), Andrés Rodriguez (theme composer,  recording artist), team (transcription), Kevin Patton (writer, editor, producer, host)



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