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Harvard University’s Renowned Computer Science Course Gets ChatGPT Makeover

AI will be used to grade assignments, provide coding training, and provide individualised learning advice.

An introduction to computer science course at Harvard University, known as CS50, is being updated for the ChatGPT era. Professor David J. Malan, who is renowned for his engaging teaching methods, is leading initiatives to include artificial intelligence into the course curriculum. 

AI will be used to grade assignments, provide coding training, and give individualised learning advice. Numerous students attend CS50 on-campus, and more than 40,000 do so online.

This course, CS50, at Harvard University introduces students with and without prior programming expertise to the theoretical pursuits of computer science and the art of programming. David J. Malan’s introductory course CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems effectively. The subjects covered in this course include resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. In addition to CSS and HTML, languages include C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript.

Malan is credited with transforming dreary, introductory lectures on the fundamentals of web building and software programming into an enjoyable session consisting of interactive exercises. Malan acknowledged that engaging a varied student body with variable levels of knowledge and expertise across several time zones is a problem. Despite having more than a hundred teaching assistants, it has grown more difficult to offer specialised help to such a sizable and varied cohort.

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Professor Malan and his team are carefully tuning an AI system to evaluate student assignments to address this issue. They are also trialling a virtual teaching assistant (TA) that does more than just spot mistakes. The virtual TA helps students learn by using rhetorical questions and making intelligent recommendations, enabling them to develop their coding abilities. 

Additionally, this novel strategy is anticipated to give human TAs more time to hold face-to-face or online office hours, improving student-teacher connections.

Malan is aware of issues in education, but he thinks that CS50’s adoption of AI can raise the calibre and accessibility of online education, coinciding with industry predictions made by Grand View Research, which projects that the market for online education would triple in size to $348 billion by 2030.

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Sahil Pawar
Sahil Pawar
I am a graduate with a bachelor's degree in statistics, mathematics, and physics. I have been working as a content writer for almost 3 years and have written for a plethora of domains. Besides, I have a vested interest in fashion and music.


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