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How to Best Use ChatGPT: A Basic Training Guide

Class Sessions

Date Delivery Method Cost
  • Wed Oct 18, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Wed Oct 25, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Live Online - 2 sessions $450
  • Fri Nov 10, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Fri Nov 17, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Live Online - 2 sessions $450

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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.


ChatGPT, a cutting-edge language model trained by OpenAI can assist you in answering questions and completing tasks. This course will teach you how to interact with ChatGPT effectively and utilize its functions to improve your productivity and workflow.

Learning Topics:

  • What is a Large Language Model (LLM)?
  • What is the difference between ChatGPT, GPT-3, GPT-3.5, GPT-4?
  • What is a prompt?
  • What are AI Tasks and how do they relate to prompts?
  • How do we develop better prompts?
  • What are the capabilities and limitations of ChatGPT?
  • What are the different ways to interact with ChatGPT?
  • What is the OpenAI Playground, and what is the difference between ChatGPT online and OpenAI API?
  • What are agents and what is chaining?
  • What are advanced uses of LLMs?

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of ChatGPT.
  • Understand the different types of models available.
  • Learn the terminology relevant to working with ChatGPT and similar systems.
  • Explore Prompting Techniques and Strategies
  • Explore how ChatGPT systems are used as parts of other systems.
  • Understand the difference between ChatGPT's website  (UI) and API

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.