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Getting Started with ChatGPT

Class Sessions

Date Delivery Method Cost
  • Thu Oct 26, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Live Online - 1 session $300
  • Wed Nov 15, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Live Online - 1 session $300

Class Code


Class Description

Most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

Before each sesson, Tech Training will provide a Zoom link for live online classes, along with any required class materials.


In this course, students will learn how to use ChatGPT in a practical way to work faster and more efficiently. We will cover the technology behind Chat GPT, prompt engineering, and how to leverage its capabilities for various use cases.


  • Learners should have a ChatGPT ( account from OpenAI. The free version is sufficient, but the instructor will be showing some of the differences between the free and the paid version.
  • Optionally download a copy of the Edge Browser for Windows or Mac. Some of the new features in ChatGPT 4 are available through the Edge browser.
  • Link to download Edge:
  • A Google Docs account or other notebook application, so you store documents for your prompts.


  • Understand the technology behind Chat GPT and its potential use cases
  • Develop skills in prompt engineering to generate high-quality text output
  • Explore Chat GPT's capabilities, such as summarizing content and simplifying information
  • Address potential issues such as hallucination and bias when working with Chat GPT
  • Develop practical skills by completing milestones, including writing biographies and creating social media posts, and writing a tutorial with Chat GPT

Topics Include:


  • The technology behind GPT: Generative AI, Neural Networks and LLMs
  • Where can you use Chat GPT?
  • Differences between GPT-3 vs GPT4
  • What Can I use Chat GPT for?

Milestone 1: Write a biography of different lengths

Understanding Prompt Engineering:

  • What is Prompt Engineering
  • What is Chat GPT good for
  • How Chat GPT sees Queries
  • Instructions vs Context
  • Prompting Approaches
  • Specifying Output formats

Milestone 2: Create a schedule of Social Media posts

Chat GPT in Practice:

  • Brainstorming with Chat GPT
  • Summarizing Long Content
  • Simplifying Complex Information
  • Rewriting for Different Tones
  • Creating Polls and Multiple Choice Questions
  • Translating Content
  • Improving your Writing/Resume/Profile
  • Real Time vs Static Prompts

Milestone 3: Create a Prompting Notebook

Chat GPT Issues:

  • What is Hallucination?
  • The Limits of Chat GPT
  • Bias and Ethical Considerations
  • Other Chat GPT Models
  • The Future of GPT
  • Discussions and Closing

Milestone 4: Writing a Tutorial with Chat GPT

University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students, and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees, including Stanford Health Care, Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley, Stanford Medicine Partners, and Stanford Medicine Children's Health. A valid SUNet ID is needed to enroll in a class.