Welcome to a new era in education, all thanks to AI, particularly ChatGPT.

Remember the old days of one-dimensional learning?

They’re history.

Now, learners want interactive education, and ChatGPT delivers just that.

Did you know?

A whopping 67% of programming students now use ChatGPT for learning. It’s their go-to for instant, personalized feedback on coding.

For course creators, this is a game-changer. ChatGPT isn’t just a tool, it’s a revolution.

It’s making courses more engaging, personalized, and effective.

Ready to explore?

Let’s delve into how ChatGPT redefines course creation, enhances content delivery, boosts completion rates, and optimizes knowledge retention.

Understanding ChatGPT and its impact on course creation

The rise of AI, particularly ChatGPT, is causing a seismic shift in education. Today’s learners demand real-time, interactive learning experiences. The days of one-dimensional learning are gone. With ChatGPT4, you can provide your learners with just that.

One of the most significant breakthroughs has been ChatGPT’s role as a personal tutor.

For instance, in programming, learners can engage with ChatGPT to master languages like JavaScript step-by-step. ChatGPT’s ability to provide custom-tailored exercises, review responses, and offer constructive feedback makes it an invaluable asset.

And. You guessed it. It’s not just limited to coding.

This personalized approach ensures that each student receives attention tailored to their specific needs and learning pace.

For instance, ChatGPT-4 performed well in the National Teacher Certificate Examination for teaching Chinese at the high school level, achieving an overall accuracy of 71%.

Here, ChatGPT brings a paradigm shift.

For course creators, using ChatGPT in course design no longer just an option but a necessity to stay relevant and effective. The AI impact on course creation has been profound, paving the way for innovative strategies in educational content.

By leveraging ChatGPT in course development, educators can ensure that their offerings are not only up-to-date but also resonate with the evolving preferences and learning styles of modern learners.

Choosing the right course creation platform

Before delving into the application of AI in various stages of course creation, it’s important to note that many course platforms already incorporate AI features in course creation.

Thus, you may not need to utilize ChatGPT.

Here are some platforms I’ve reviewed before that offers AI features

  • Teachable: Provides an AI curriculum and quiz generator which analyzes course descriptions and auto-generates questions based on course content.
  • Kajabi: Introduced an AI course and quiz creator to enhance its Learning Management System (LMS) with detailed student-level course analytics and retention graphs.
  • Thinkific: Offers advanced features for interactive course creation with support for various file types, and integrates with Brillium exams for comprehensive learning and evaluation.

But you may sometimes need to use ChatGPT for more flexibility and for your own unique needs!

So read on.

Course ideation with AI

In this section, I’ll guide you through course ideation using AI. This includes brainstorming course topics, crafting course titles, and more. Throughout this section, we’ll use creating a course on “sleep optimization” as an example.

Brainstorming course topics

Creating courses requires deep insight into a niche. Focusing on a niche helps you address unique pain points and offer specialized knowledge that broader courses might overlook. This approach not only positions you as an expert in a particular field but also attracts a more engaged and targeted audience.

Take, for example, sleep as a niche. This area is a goldmine for course creation because it addresses a universal need – the desire for better sleep – and, even then, you’ll want to address and offer specific, actionable solutions.

The following example illustrates how you might use ChatGPT4 to explore potential sleep topics:

"Hello ChatGPT, I am developing a course in the [sleep] niche, aimed at [personal development enthusiasts]. The main goal is to address [effective strategies for improving sleep quality].

Please provide a list of trending and significant topics in [sleep science and sleep hacking techniques]. These should be relevant to individuals [seeking to enhance their sleep patterns for better health and productivity], based on the latest research, common issues faced, and advanced methodologies in the field The course aims to be educational and practical, offering insights into the topic."

This prompt produces a list of 15 trending and significant topics in sleep science and sleep hacking techniques that would be relevant and beneficial for your course:

Course topic ideation prompt for ChatGPT4

Next, let’s look at how to create a good course title with ChatGPT.

Course title

Your course title is more than just a label; it’s a powerful marketing tool. It needs to strike a good balance between informative and intriguing, offering a clear idea of the course content while also piquing the interest of potential learners.

For sleep optimization, as an example, the course title should highlight the unique benefits or insights the course provides appealingly and succinctly.

"Hello ChatGPT, I am developing a course focused on [insert course focus, e.g., sleep optimization], targeting [insert target audience, e.g., personal development enthusiasts and sleep hackers]. 

This course aims to provide [insert key course offerings, e.g., comprehensive insights and practical strategies for improving sleep quality]. I need your assistance to generate a list of potential course titles. 

These titles should effectively capture the essence of [insert course topic], resonate with [insert target audience], and highlight the unique benefits and solutions offered by the course. 

Please provide a range of creative yet clear titles, emphasizing how the course can transform [insert specific outcome or benefit, e.g., daily sleep practices and overall well-being]."

Here’s what the output will be:

Create course title prompt for ChatGPT4

In the next section, we’ll cover the meat of the course, starting with your course outline.

Crafting a course outline

A well-structured course outline is the framework of any well-rounded educational program.

It serves as a roadmap, guiding both the instructor and the students through the journey of learning. A comprehensive outline ensures that your course content is organized logically and flows seamlessly from one topic to the next.

As a result, the pace and depth of the course can remain consistent throughout, ensuring that each section builds upon the last and contributes to a cohesive learning process.

Understanding the flow of content and how it relates to the course’s broader goals is crucial to creating a high-quality course outline. The following prompt can help you generate a structured course outline:

"Hello ChatGPT, I am working on a course titled [insert course title, e.g., 'Mastering Sleep Optimization: A Journey to Better Health']. This course is designed for [insert target audience, e.g., personal development enthusiasts and sleep hackers] to [insert course intent, e.g.,improve their sleep quality and enhance overall well-being]. The course will be approximately[ insert course length, e.g., 8 modules long].

Please help me create a comprehensive course outline. Follow these steps:

- Identify the main modules for the course and list them as Module 1, Module 2, etc.
- Under each module, add lessons as subtopics in a list format.
- For each lesson, list down the key points or objectives that will be covered.

The outline should be intuitive, with each module building upon the previous one, ensuring a logical progression of content from basic concepts to more advanced techniques in sleep optimization."

Here’s how this prompt will work:

ChatGPT course outline

As you can see in the image, ChatGPT4 creates an outline with a clear summary of what your course covers, so you and prospective students know what to expect. In fact, it goes on to create a solid eight modules with the same level of detail.

And, now for the course content…

Content development and ChatGPT

It is at this stage that your course starts to take shape. ChatGPT, in particular, can greatly enhance this process.

It can help you expand your course outline into detailed, engaging content that resonates with your audience. This approach ensures that each section of your course is informative and accessible, even for beginners.

The primary goal at this stage is to develop content that is easy to understand and retain. It’s important to explain concepts from square one, especially in specialized niches like optimizing sleep.

This approach caters to all learners, regardless of their prior knowledge, ensuring high retention.

AI can help break down complex topics into easily digestible bites, increasing clarity and comprehension.

"Hello ChatGPT, I am in the process of developing a comprehensive course focused on [insert course topic, e.g., 'Sleep Optimization']. To assist in content creation, I will provide you with the high-level outline of my course. The target audience for this course is [insert target audience details, e.g., personal development enthusiasts and sleep hackers].

Below is the high-level outline of my course:

**[User to paste high-level course outline here]**

Please help me expand on this outline, focusing on one section at a time. 

Let's start with the first section: **[User to specify the first section to expand].** 

For this section, provide a detailed explanation starting from the basics, and ensure the content is clear and accessible to all learners. 

Include practical examples, interactive elements like quizzes or exercises, and any additional resources that might be beneficial for deeper understanding.

Additionally, if you have any specific questions or need further inputs to effectively expand on this section, please let me know, and I will provide the necessary details."

The above prompt is quite detailed. You need to include it into the high-level outline of your course that you generated in the previous step.

Additionally, you need to provide the first section it needs to expand on.

As it proceeds, you need to help it expand one section at a time from your high-level outline. Given the potential length of your prompt, it would be sensible to use GPT-4.

Yes, we do have quite a detailed prompt to work with here. And work with it we will. Once you enter the above prompt and get a response, enter this next prompt to add actual content to your course, one module at a time:

Here’s the result:

Not bad, huh?

Creating interactive course elements

Lesson notes

Creating notes for each course video can help improve your students’ comprehension, especially during course revision. In addition to helping them comprehend the material, lesson notes can serve as a reminder of the topics covered in the course videos, even if they review them years later.

To create lesson notes with AI, transcribe the lesson content accurately. Or, you could use some ChatGPT4 inspiration.

Here’s an example:

Create course lessons with AI

For Windows users, OpenAI’s Whisper can help. Whisper UI, available in the Microsoft Store, uses OpenAI Whisper to transcribe audio files on your computer, even if you are offline.

It supports various audio formats and languages, making it a versatile transcription tool.

Chunking information into smaller, related sections can help improve information retention and student engagement. Adding elements like guiding questions or interactive features can also improve the learning experience (engagement), retention, and course completion.

Once your video transcript is ready, you can use ChatGPT to create lesson transcripts one video at a time. Here’s an example prompt to help you get started:

Hello ChatGPT, I have transcribed the content of my lesson video on [insert lesson topic, e.g., 'The Science of Sleep Cycles'] using ChatGPT Whisper. The transcription is aimed at [insert target audience, e.g., personal development enthusiasts and sleep hackers].

Below is the transcript of the lesson:

[User to paste the lesson transcript here]

Please help me convert this transcript into concise, skimmable lesson notes. The notes should focus on the key concepts, important examples, and actionable steps discussed in the lesson. They should be easy to understand and optimized for quick reference. Include any necessary textual cues like bold/italics or summaries that can aid in reinforcing the learning objectives. Additionally, if there are areas that require more clarity or emphasis, please highlight them.

Here’s an example result you’ll get from the prompt:

ChatGPT course lessons

Yes, it’s coming along well.

Quizzes and assessments

Quizzes and assessments are important for evaluating student understanding and reinforcing learning. They can help students comprehend and engage with course content. AI, including tools like ChatGPT, can be useful for designing quizzes and assessments.

It can generate different question types, from multiple-choice questions to more complex tasks that require applying, analyzing, or synthesizing knowledge.

AI can even customize questions to match the course content and learning objectives.

Note: Provide these prompts in the same ChatGPT chat that you converted lesson transcripts to lesson notes. This will help the AI construct relevant quizzes and assessments. In that case, you only need to enter the following prompt:

"Next, create multiple-choice questions that test key concepts from the course.

Below is a brief overview of the content from a specific lesson:

[Add a summary or key points from the lesson]

Based on this information, please generate a set of multiple-choice questions. Each question should have one correct answer and three plausible distractors. The questions should cover different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, ranging from basic recall to higher-order thinking."

Here’s what I got back:

Create quizzes with ChatGPT

Now for the assessments.

AI’s capability to process vast amounts of information and generate diverse content makes it an ideal assistant for creating a variety of assessment tasks. Whether it’s formulating scenario-based questions, designing project assignments, or developing case studies, AI can offer innovative approaches to assessments.

Try this:

Next, please help me design an assessment task that evaluates the learners' understanding and application of each of the lessons created earlier. The task should be practical and require learners to demonstrate their knowledge through [specify the format, e.g., a short essay, case study analysis, project proposal, or anything etc].

As long as you’re using the same chat thread on ChatGPT, the above prompt should suffice.

However, if you’re trying to start an assessment from scratch without ChatGPT having access to your course content, you might need to include your course topic, course content, and potentially details about your target audience, before supplying it with the prompt.

You’ll get something like this:

Create assessments with ChatGPT

Evaluation and feedback with AI

For students to retain and understand the course content, it is beneficial to personalize the content and give feedback on their projects.

In such cases, it may not be feasible to review each student’s course or project.

By creating a GPT Bot and providing it with custom instructions, you can automate the process.

Here’s a practical example to help you out:

You are a student assessment evaluation bot.

Please review the [course topic] student's [type of assignment] and provide constructive feedback. Highlight the following elements in your feedback:

1. Clarity and Organization: Assess how well the content is organized and if the student's ideas are presented clearly.
2. Relevance to Learning Objectives: Evaluate whether the assignment aligns with the course's learning objectives and goals.
3. Critical Thinking and Analysis: Examine the depth of critical thinking and analysis demonstrated in the project.
4. Creativity and Originality: Comment on the creativity and originality of the work, if applicable.
5. Research and Citations: Check for proper research, citations, and references, if required.
6. Grammar and Writing Style: Evaluate the writing quality, grammar, and adherence to style guidelines.
7. Constructive Suggestions: Provide specific suggestions for improvement in each of these areas.

Please use a clear and concise format in your feedback. The project can be found here: [Insert project link]. Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you!


In conclusion, the integration of ChatGPT in course creation offers tremendous potential for revolutionizing the learning experience. By harnessing the power of AI, educators can deliver personalized and interactive content that boosts engagement, knowledge retention, and completion rates.

This personalized approach ensures that each student receives attention tailored to their specific needs and learning pace.

As the transformative capabilities of AI continue to unfold, we encourage you to explore further and experiment with ChatGPT for your specific use cases. Embrace the future of education and unleash the full potential of AI-enhanced learning.

So why wait?

Dive into the world of AI-enhanced learning and discover how ChatGPT can revolutionize your courses.

Explore the possibilities, experiment, and create impactful educational experiences that stand out. Let AI be your guide and elevate your teaching to new heights.