Playing with ChatGPT

I asked ChatGPT to write me a blog post about teaching instructional design. It clearly writes blog posts that are intended to be advertisement type material. Here is the post that it wrote:

The Importance of Teaching Instructional Design: Preparing Students for a Career in E-Learning and Educational Technology

Instructional design is the process of creating educational or training materials and experiences in a systematic and efficient way. It involves analyzing learning needs, designing instructional materials, developing and delivering the materials, and evaluating the effectiveness of the instruction. Instructional design can be applied in various settings, such as classrooms, corporate training, e-learning, and more.

As technology continues to advance and change the way we learn, the field of instructional design has become increasingly important. The demand for instructional designers has been growing, as organizations and institutions are looking for ways to create effective and engaging e-learning experiences.

That’s why teaching instructional design in higher education is crucial in preparing students for a career in e-learning and educational technology. By teaching instructional design, students can learn the skills and knowledge needed to create effective and engaging educational materials. They will also learn how to apply the latest technologies and trends in e-learning to design and develop instructional materials.

When teaching instructional design, it’s important to cover the different models, approaches and tools that are used in the field. These include ADDIE, SAM, Agile instructional design, and tools such as storyboarding, design templates, and learning management systems.

Additionally, it’s important to provide students with hands-on experience through projects, case studies, and other practical assignments. This will give them the opportunity to apply what they have learned and gain experience in the field.

In conclusion, teaching instructional design is crucial in preparing students for a career in e-learning and educational technology. As technology continues to change the way we learn, the field of instructional design will continue to be in high demand. By providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to create effective and engaging e-learning experiences, we can help them become successful instructional designers in the future.

I find the technology rather fascinating. I also found myself wondering, am I plagiarizing if I use chatGPT to write a blog post for me and I attribute it to me instead of the bot? My next query is “how will ChatGPT change the way we teach instructional design?”

ChatGPT, as a language model, could potentially change the way instructional design is taught in several ways:

  1. Personalized learning: ChatGPT could be used to create personalized learning experiences for students by providing tailored responses and feedback based on their learning needs and progress.
  2. Automated content generation: ChatGPT can generate instructional content that could be used in instructional design, such as lesson plans, assessments, and other materials. This could save time and resources for educators.
  3. Intelligent Tutoring: ChatGPT could be used to create intelligent tutoring systems that can help students with specific areas they are struggling with by providing them with the right resources and feedback.
  4. Adaptive teaching: ChatGPT could help educators to create adaptive e-learning experiences that adapt to the learners needs and preferences, by analyzing their interactions and providing appropriate guidance, feedback, and assessments.
  5. Simulation and role-playing: ChatGPT could be used in simulations and role-playing activities to create realistic scenarios, giving students the opportunity to practice what they have learned in a safe environment.

It’s important to note that while ChatGPT could be a useful tool in teaching instructional design, it’s not a replacement for human instructors and it should be used as a supplement to the traditional teaching methods. Additionally, it’s also important to consider ethical, privacy and security concerns when using language models like ChatGPT in the educational settings.


A friend mentioned that her son was using ChatGPT to help write an essay. She guided him through how to use it in an ethical way that allowed it to help him with writer’s block, but also required him to use critical thinking to create his essay. This is an interesting technology, and it will need to change the way we teach. I’m not sure how it will affect the instructional design process. It can do something things, but it still needs a human to ask it good questions and validate that the responses are good ones.

I do feel like this is game changing technology, in a way that I have not seen before.

How do you think ChatGPT (and AI in general) will change the way we do instructional design?


  • Linda J Caldwell

    I think there can be some ethical and legal questions for the uses of ChatGPT as sited by #Sarah Clark in her article. But I do agree with her this could be a really useful tool in the box to guide conversations with SMEs. Great explanation of how ChatGPT “thinks”!

    • Rebecca

      Thanks for the note Linda. I’ll need to take a read of that article. You will probably enjoy the next episode of Demystifying Instructional Design where I talk with Autumm Caines and Lance Eaton about ChatGPT in higher ed and instructional design

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