10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


The Solipsism of generative AI

The Solipsism of generative AI


In some of my graduate classes, we have been reading about virtual and digital learning and tools to use in instructional practice. 

ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chat bot from the company OpenAI came into the spotlight in 2022. ChatGPT is one of a few generative text aggregators available to the public (Dehouche, 2021; Rutter & Mintz, 2023). 

Generative text renderers such as ChatGPT, can generate collections of information, and some schools are banning the tool from its devices and networks altogether (Korn & Kelly, 2023).

Some of the ways that generative text can theoretically be used include the following (Dehouche, 2021. Korn & Kelly, 2023; Rutter & Mintz, 2023; Washburn, 2023)… but is this ethical

  • Biographical references 
  • Bibliography citations
  • Lesson plan creation
  • Student assessment 
  • Define terms and explain challenging concepts  
  • Solve math equations 
  • Course syllabi 
  • Explore debate topics through theoretical lenses 
  • Render written text in various styles including descriptive and argumentative 
  • Writing samples in job application packets
  • Research reports
  • Speeches
  • Medical reports

Although the ChatGPT marketing indicates that it generates “original” writing, it does not do this because it is solipsistic, or existing only within itself and therefore not reflecting peer-reviewed sources (Teague, 2023).  Instead, artificial intelligence chatbots, such as ChatGPT, assembles and renders content based on sources indexed online, based on the prompts it is provided. This process is similar to compiling a Playlist, mixed , or mixed tape. The sources used in compilation may or may not be copyright-free and they may not be peer-reviewed.


Dehouche, N. (2021). Plagiarism in the age of massive generative pre-trained transformers (GPT-3). Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, (2), 17–23. https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00195  

Korn, J. & Kelly, S. (2023). New York City public schools ban access to AI tool that could help students cheat. CNN Business. https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/05/tech/chatgpt-nyc-school-ban/index.html

Quora (2023). Etymology of the word solipsism. https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-etymology-of-the-word-solipsism

Rutter, M.P. & Mintz, S. (2023). ChatGPT: Threat or menace? Higher Ed Gamma.

Washburn, B. (2023) How Teachers can use ChatGPT to assess students and provide feedback. Brittany Washburn.com blog. https://brittanywashburn.com/2023/03/how-teachers-can-use-chatgpt-to-assess-students-and-provide-feedback/#:~:text=ChatGPT%20is%20an%20AI%2Dbased,provide%20feedback%20efficiently%20and%20accurately.


To cite this post: Teague, H. (2023). The Solipsism of generative AI. 10RepLearning blog. https://4oops.edublogs.org/2023/06/27/the-solipsism-of-generative-ai/


Weekend Ed. Quote~June 28

“The most successful people are obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball. To increase your chances of happiness and success, you must ‘find your tennis ball–the thing that pulls you.’” ~Drew Houston, Dropbox founder in this post, “Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions” found on ScoopIt




More Weekend Ed. Quotes


Surfly~Share Links Remotely~Surf the Web Together

Sharing is a Good Thing. Been that way since Kindergarten

Surfly is big on sharing.

Surfly is a new web-based app which allows you co-browse any web page while being able to show and see each other live cursor in real-time. You can invite multiple attendees, and each one of them can see your selected web pages no matter what kind of device or screen size they have. As you scroll the page, they see it scrolling too. To start a session you simply share a URL with those who you want to invite. No software to download or install. No need to even to register or login. My comment: The best, easiest and most convenient tool to co-browse and collaborate over any web page at a distance. It works instantly. Nothing to do make it work. Simplicity and immediacy win over features. API available. Free to use. Try it out now: https://surfly.com/ Company Blog: http://www.surfly.com/blog/  ~Robin Good via ScoopIt

Surfly from Nicholas Piël on Vimeo.


8 productivity proverbs backed up with interesting stats

and first seen on Barb Jemmott’s ScoopIt page http://www.scoop.it/t/life-work


Socratic Questioning

Many teachers are puzzled with the encouragement, directive, mandate to bring “student-led” activities to their classroom. Many are equally wary of relinquishing control when migrating from “safe on the stage” to “guide on the side.”

Socratic questioning is one way to adapt to both of these instructional shifts.

This infographic provides a great visual for teachers and students to implement the Socratic method of questioning. It includes 6 sections with sample questions that might be asked:

1. Clarification

2. Probing Assumptions

3. Probing Rationals

4. Questioning Viewpoints

5. Probing Consequences

6. Questions on the Question

The Socratic Questioning Process

The Socratic Questioning Process, Link: http://sco.lt/94UuIL



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