At a Glance
Emerging AI technologies like ChatGPT have unlocked new possibilities for creating written content and carrying out language-related tasks. On this page, you’ll find a curated list of AI writing and content creation tools that may prove valuable in academic settings. We provide an overview of the types of content these tools can generate. We’ll also share considerations around each tool’s strengths, limitations, and compliance requirements. This list is designed to serve as a starting point as you explore how and if you’d like to incorporate generative AI writing and content creation tools into your teaching.
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How They Work
AI-powered writing assistants like ChatGPT use natural language processing (NLP) technologies that draw upon vast amounts of data to predict contextual words or phrases in a given context (Center for Teaching and Learning, 2023; Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2023). These tools excel at mimicking human-like linguistic patterns and can assist with a wide array of language-related tasks. Beyond chatbots, emerging AI technologies are also capable of generating code or visual elements, thanks to their training on large, specialized datasets.
To learn more about how these AI tools work, watch the How ChatGPT Works: A Non-Technical Primer video by Rama Ramakrishnan, Professor of Practice in Data Science and Applied Machine Learning at MIT Sloan.
Below you’ll find a curated selection of AI writing and content creation tools that may prove valuable in academic settings. Please note that this list is not exhaustive but may help you begin to explore these technologies’ capabilities.
IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that generative AI tools can produce biased and inaccurate content. Any content generated by AI should be thoroughly verified for accuracy through human review and additional research.
Use to Generate
You can use these tools to generate a wide range of content types including the following:
- Multiple-choice questions and response options
- Computer programming source code
- Cover letters and resumes
- Emails and messages
- Essays or short written assignments
- Exam questions
- Instructions for a learning activity
- Learning objectives
- Metaphors and analogies to explain complex concepts
- Outlines of papers or presentations
- Scripts for a podcast or video
- Simulated conversations
- Study guides
- Summaries of text like articles or meeting notes
- Survey questions
(Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, n.d.; Mollick, 2023; Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2023)
When used thoughtfully, these AI-powered tools can complement human creativity and analytical skills, rather than replacing them. Understanding both the capabilities and limitations of these tools can inform not only your own use of these tools but also your understanding of how students might use them, enabling you to adapt your assignments and assessments accordingly.