Thursday, June 1, 2023

Part II: Experimenting with ChatGPT in Class

This summer in Internet Law, I am tweaking my project below.  Not a dramatic change but a small step toward integrating AI into student projects.

How the Internet Changed Professions 

Understatement: The internet has changed how we do business, whether in the United States or worldwide.

Section A.  Use a free AI tool (I use the free version of ChatGPT 3.5) – figure out what prompt to use.  Choose ANY profession. Discuss how the internet has improved, complicated, revolutionized, and/or adversely impacted the profession and the people working in that profession. (500-700-ish words)

Section B.  Do not use AI.  In your own words, reflect on the information in Section A by agreeing or disagreeing with any of the points.  Then, conduct research on the web: Give specific examples of how the profession operated successfully in a pre-internet era versus a post-internet era.  In addition, identify how the legal knowledge learned in this course will benefit you if working in that profession. (3 full pages)

Section C.  Do not use AI.  Find one case in the news where some aspect of the profession relating to the internet is currently being litigated (or from the past that was litigated) in court. (whether at the pre-trial, trial, or appellate stage).  Give the facts of the case, the main issue/s involved, which party or parties you believe will prevail (and why) and how you believe this case will impact the future of the profession and/or the people working in the profession. (2 full pages)

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Experimenting with ChatGPT in Class


In Fall 2023, I am teaching Consumer Law & Advocacy again.  Instead of having students write a demand letter from scratch using a template, I will have them generate one with ChatGPT 3.5.  Then, instead of filling out a small claims court complaint form, they will use AI to write a professional complaint.  Finally, I will generate Mediation scenarios using AI, with separate facts for each side in our simulations.  

Stay tuned!

Friday, April 21, 2023

Speaking with High School Students about College

Great time speaking at LaunchGSU with students from Northview High School about law issues and going to #college

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Prominent Authors Reading Classroom LIGHTBULBS

Many thanks to award-winning authors, Honey Parker and  Blaine Parker, for taking the time to read the book!

All - Check out the Careful-ish Series (Honey) and Free the Pizza! (Blaine)

Monday, March 20, 2023

Monday Motivation: Actual Questions Students Asked Me in Class


Sometimes people don’t always know when you’re joking!  These are actual questions that students have asked me in class: 
“Are you a member of an organized crime family?” 
“Are you really in the witness protection program?” 
“Have you ever killed someone?” 
“Why do hot dogs come in packs of 10 and buns in 8?”  

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Student Prisoner Stories from Classroom LIGHTBULBS book


My student, “Betty,” was arrested after attending a Tone Lōc concert. She unknowingly wound up as a passenger in an allegedly stolen vehicle. The next morning, I received a phone call from Betty’s grandmother asking me to bail out her granddaughter. 

After getting the cash from grandma, I went to the county jail where the guard took me to a dim and dank holding cell. I was looking all lawyerly with my blue pinstripe suit and sharp leather shoes and briefcase. Another guard escorted Betty into the cell. Her hair was disheveled, a stiletto was missing from one shoe, and she looked frazzled. 

I said: “Betty, we have two options, I could get you out of here now, or” – as I reached into my briefcase – “right now, you can take the Midterm Exam that you missed last week.” 

Betty’s reaction? “Get me the frick out of here!” 

Ninety minutes after the exam commenced, Betty was set free. I’ll let you judge for yourself how true the prior sentence is. 

Always remember: It’s good to be the prof.

Excerpt (pages 83-84) Classroom LIGHTBULBS

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Amazon Review Praises Classroom LIGHTBULBS for social/emotional dimensions of teaching and learning


A very kind Amazon Review by California professor praised book for "demonstrating the value of social and emotional dimensions of teaching and learning."

Click here to read Review

Friday, March 10, 2023

Classroom LIGHTBULBS is rising the Amazon sales chart


Book is rising the chart in unexpected category: Adult & Continuing Education (March 8)

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

99-Cent Kindle Promo, March 7-13 - Classroom LIGHTBULBS book


All - Have a Kindle on me for a limited time.  ENJOY!  

Please consider writing an Amazon Review when you are done reading it.

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Monday, March 6, 2023

Qualities of an Effective Teacher from Anonymous Student Survey


In the book's Introduction, I post results of an anonymous student survey (college juniors and seniors) on the qualities of an effective teacher. Their one word responses:

Adaptive Articulate Dedicated Empathetic (top response) Energetic Engaging (top response) Enthusiastic Helpful Immersive Knowledgeable Organized Passionate (top response) Patient Positive Practical Reliable Versatile