ChatGPT is wild.
This week I played with it (more than I should have). I had it:
- Create songs
- Design game worlds
- Suggest messaging for homepage and sales page copy
- Explore the topic of gamification and game-based learning
- Create a weird epic fan fic starring two friends
- Create 6-panel comic dialog about developer marketing I might turn into a thing
These were more for fun but I also actually tried using it for some things related to DevEd.
I had it write code for me.
A shiver just went down my spine.
BUT I think it's cool – do I want to sit and make boilerplate code for ideas I have? Not really. ChatGPT could take my ideas and turn them into idiomatic code quickly which is especially useful in course design.
For my upcoming Pluralsight course on React debugging I am designing a companion app that is used in the demos to "catch bugs" – like literally, that's the theme. Instead of a cart, you have a bug net. Instead of typical products you have insects and insect gear, all themed around a specific type of scenario.
For example, I had ChatGPT spit out some scenario code for React code that would generate a
TypeError. It spit out a plain-old component. I then prompted it to add the flavor:
Make the component into an insect name that starts with an "e".
I had already designed a bunch of scenarios and it takes longer than you think to find good insect names – yet ChatGPT had it covered and made it into an
I subsequently asked it to make the example more and more complex, eventually having it create a state machine with
The code it eventually made won't be a straight copy/paste into the course but I'm really impressed by its capabilities. For another thread, it was able to generate idiomatic code that used our open source game engine for a game idea I had. 🤯
If you want to reduce the time it takes to create examples, add flavor, or concoct a simple narrative around the learning you're designing you could play with ChatGPT and see what it can do for you – maybe it'll give you some ideas.
Have a lovely day,
PS. If you want to share snippets, check out ShareGPT.com