(Looking Back and Looking Forward takes a look at the articles and posts I found interesting from the previous week, along with reflections about how the trends they point to might shape my thinking about education, technology, and culture.)

In a post-ASU+GSV post, Michael Feldstein shared his reflection on the impact generative AI will have on education. This is a definitely-worth-reading item with some keen insights into how educators can will use tools like ChatGPT. On a similar note, Bryan Alexander provides this take on how the notion of instruction with change with the advent of AI tools.

Those of you who really are playing along at home (as in experimenting with ChatGPT), have likely already discovered that a big key to using these tools is the ability to write good prompts. If you’re still struggling to get the results you need, take a look at this prompt recipe (not a prompt doesn’t necessarily need to have all these ingredients).

  • Instruction: A specific task to be performed by the model.
  • Context: Additional information so that the model can respond better.
  • Input: A question that we ask the model.
  • Output Indicator: Specifies the type of output.

In a weird way, we may be going back to teaching students how to write the equivalent of good thesis sentences. You remember those, right? The main point of your composition? A sentence that should express both the “what” and the “why” of your paper? Prompts are much the same. You’ll find that the more context you provide the better the results you’ll receive.

Interestingly, “12%” appeared in a number of items over the past week, although I doubt these are related. Higher Education enrollments in the U.S. have dropped 12% over the last decade. Analysts are also predicting a 12% decline in smartphone shipments this year. Sticking with percentage statistics, Phil Hill reviewed the comments on the Department of Education’s expanded guidance for Third Party Servicers and found less than 1% of the commenters supported the guidance (out of 1,100 public comments).

Looking through a lengthy set of bookmarked articles this week, I also noticed these continuing trends (feel free to glance through the Further Reading section to discover your own emerging patterns).

  • A combination of trends/events continues to reshape workforce demand
  • The shift in labor trends continues to have a variety of impacts on higher education
  • The notion of “meaningful credentials” continues to evolve and alternative credentials are continuing to gain traction
  • We’re all scrambling to understand how new AI technologies are going to change the landscape

Have a great week, everybody!

Further Reading

Higher Education

The Future of Higher Ed: A Community College Perspective

TICAS report shows path to debt-free college

Another state is going after tenure — this time, it’s North Carolina 

The Cost of College Room and Board Is Rising Faster Than Tuition

Ohio Higher Education Enrollment Drops 12% Over Decade

Never Ending Higher Ed Enrollment Decline

Fewer Than 1% of Comments Support TPS Expansion Guidance

In Japan, plummeting university enrollment forecasts what’s ahead for the U.S.

2U CEO on revenue share Department of Education rules

Free Technology for Teachers: MLA and APA Provide Guidance for Citing Content Created by  AI

K-!2 Education

Learning to code isn’t enough

Oklahoma still considering religious charter school despite blocking latest application


AI in Hiring and Evaluating Workers: What Americans Think 

Jobs, Pay for College-Educated Workers Will Be Changed Most by AI Like ChatGPT

3 ways to build adaptive global workforce skills

Strategically Developing Microcredentials for the Future of Work

Essential Soft Skills For a Successful Career in Tech

Apprenticeships on the Rise

Online Learning, Learning Design, and Education Technology

ChatGPT: Post-ASU+GSV Reflections on Generative AI 

Instructors after AI

Now that ChatGPT has Gone Viral on TikTok

Learn How to Write efficient Prompts for LLMs 

What is a predictive metaverse? The future of guided learning

Compare Google Bard and Chat GPT

BuzzFeed News closes as company turns to AI, ChatGPT quizzes

Equity in a World of Artificial Intelligence

AWS Enters the Generative AI Race With Bedrock and Titan Foundation Models

Coursera Adds ChatGPT-Powered Learning Tools 

The 10-Question Micro-Credential Checklist 

What is SlidesGPT and How Does it Work for Teachers?

Useful ChatGPT Prompts for English Language Arts Teachers

Educational Publishers Adapt to a Print Death Spiral

What Is the Impact of ChatGPT on Education?

Carnegie Foundation and ETS partner on competency-based assessments

ChatGPT Is Here to Stay. Testing & Curriculum Must Adapt for Students to Succeed

Class to Release ChatGPT-Powered A.I. Teaching Assistant

ChatGPT and Other AI Tutors: Potential and Pitfalls

Technology and Culture

The New Risks ChatGPT Poses to Cybersecurity

Please Stop Drawing Neural Networks Wrong

Google to deploy generative AI to create sophisticated ad campaigns

OpenAI’s hunger for data is coming back to bite it

ChatGPT is remaking the world on its terms

Generative AI is upending the film industry

Amid the AI hype, don’t forget about no-code

A 12% decline in global smartphone shipments is what passes for stability these days

OpenAI’s CEO Says the Age of Giant AI Models Is Already Over 

A look at open-source alternatives to ChatGPT

Growing the Fediverse

China Will Be the Global Economy’s Top Growth Driver in Next 5 Years