Hi, I’m Dean from ABC Online Courses. We are always striving to enhance the learning experience for our clients using the Open edX® platform. That’s why we are excited to announce our newest development: the Open edX® XBlock that runs ChatGPT inside your online courses!
If you’ve ever used Khan Academy, you may be familiar with the ChatGPT feature. It’s an innovative way to learn online, where you can ask questions to an AI-powered (artificial intelligence) chatbot that can provide answers to a wide range of topics. Now, we’re bringing that same technology to our Open edX® online courses, allowing our clients to benefit from this cutting-edge learning tool.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is an AI-powered chatbot that uses natural language processing to understand and respond to questions. It’s based on the GPT-3 language model, which has been trained on a massive dataset of human language, allowing it to generate responses that are both accurate and human-like. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has trained ChatGPT to interact in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer followup questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.
With ChatGPT, learners can ask questions about any topic covered in the course and receive instant answers. Whether the learner is struggling to understand a concept or simply wants to clarify something, ChatGPT is there to help.
How does it work?
The ChatGPT XBlock is integrated as a component into Open edX® online courses at the unit level, so learners can access it directly from the course interface. A learner simply inputs a question and clicks the Submit button. ChatGPT will then analyze the question and provide a response based on its understanding of the topic, and as it’s powered by AI it can provide answers to a wide range of questions, from simple queries to complex problems. One of the key benefits of the ChatGPT XBlock is that it can be trained to focus only on the course subject. In other words, ChatGPT will only answer questions related to the course topic, ensuring that students receive accurate and relevant information. The component can be inserted multiple times across the course in different units, with each component being provided a unique context so that it provides answers in said context.
How to set up ABC’s ChatGPT XBlock in Open edX® Studio?
If ABC’s ChatGPT XBlock is already installed and configured in your Open edX® platform, simply add the ChatGPT XBlock via Studio > Advanced Settings > Advanced Modules List, as follows:
What does the user interface look like and what plans are there for the future?
The current version of our ChatGPT XBlock comprises a simple question and answer format. It’s possible to create new XBlocks using ChatGPT to serve specific needs, such as a chatbot format for example. Here is a quick look at the user interface and what it can do. In this instance we have provided the ChatGPT XBlock some context about the instructors who are (in this case) a group of quantum computing experts from Singapore:
In this next instance, the learner has asked the question “Is quantum computing important?” and the ChatGPT XBlock has provided the following response:
What are the main benefits of the ChatGPT XBlock?
There are many benefits to using ChatGPT in your online courses. Here are just a few:
- Instant answers: With ChatGPT, you don’t have to wait for a teacher or tutor to be available. You can get answers to your questions instantly, allowing you to move forward with your learning.
- 24/7 availability: ChatGPT is available 24/7, so you can get help whenever you need it, no matter what time of day or night it is.
- Personalized learning: Because ChatGPT responds to your specific questions, it can help you tailor your learning experience to your own needs and interests.
- Improved retention: By providing instant answers to your questions, ChatGPT can help improve your retention of the material covered in the course.
- Expert answers: As ChatGPT is such an advanced technology, it is able to provide answers to complex questions. It can even write code for you. It’s like having an expert sitting right in front of you at all times.
- Scalability: It’s super scalable. OpenAI has different pricing structures, depending on the API being used. At the time of writing, the most advanced one costs 0.06 USD per 1000 tokens (or “words”).
Overall, we believe that the ChatGPT XBlock is a helpful feature for online courses on the Open edX® platform, as long as it is used in context. It’s an innovative way to enhance the learning experience, providing students with instant answers and personalized support. We’re excited to offer this feature to our clients and can’t wait to see the impact it has on their learning outcomes.
Is the ChatGPT XBlock open source and ready to be used by the community?
At the moment it is not readily available to the community, but that’s because we have only just recently developed it. It would be ideal if this XBlock can be released to the community, and also have a long term support plan in place for community use. We’ll speak to Axim Collaborative (formally tCRIL) and the relevant Open edX® working groups to gather their insights and comments about this too.
About ABC Online Courses
We are an official Open edX® Partner registered in the UK. We also provide Open edX® related services to world-famous organizations in the EU, North America, Asia, and Africa. If your organization is interested in using the ChatGPT XBlock, you can contact us for a free demo here. We offer the full range of Open edX® related services, including installation and/or customization of the ChatGPT XBlock.