Practical prompting: techniques to help you and your students make the most out of AI

Using ChatGPT is deceptively effortless. It simply responds to any question it is asked. But the way the question is formulated often matters. Generative AI tools often don’t give their users any feedback on how to better prompt it and sometimes even respond with incorrect tips. This session will cover some of the practical lessons learned in the last year about how to best prompt generative tools. It will cover:

- What is prompt engineering – How do we learn about what prompts work – Key principles of prompt construction – Importance of iteration – 5 techniques for prompt construction and their suitability: Giving examples, Adopting a persona, Asking for structure, Asking for self-critique (and its limitations), Chain of Thought (and its limitations).