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How to Best Use ChatGPT: A Basic Training Guide

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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.

It is advisable and recommended (but not required) to upgrade to the paid ChatGPT Plus offering to get access to GPT-4 as the course will feature functionality from the paid plan.

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
Adam Keppler

Adam graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) from UCI specializing in Computer Architecture (2017), and subsequently continued on to further his studies in the field with a Master in CS (2020) from the Stanford School of Engineering.

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