How Useful Are Educational Questions Generated by Large Language Models?
Communications in Computer and Information Science
Controllable text generation (CTG) by large language models has a huge potential to transform education for teachers and students alike. Specifically, high quality and diverse question generation can dramatically reduce the load on teachers and improve the quality of their educational content. Recent work in this domain has made progress with generation, but fails to show that real teachers judge the generated questions as sufficiently useful for the classroom setting; or if instead the questions have errors and/or pedagogically unhelpful content. We conduct a human evaluation with teachers to assess the quality and usefulness of outputs from combining CTG and question taxonomies (Bloom’s and a difficulty taxonomy). The results demonstrate that the questions generated are high quality and sufficiently useful, showing their promise for widespread use in the classroom setting.
Controllable Text Generation, Personalized Learning, Prompting, Question Generation
S. Elkins, E. Kochmar, I. Serban, and J. C. Cheung, “How useful are educational questions generated by large language models?,” Artificial Intelligence in Education. Posters and Late Breaking Results, Workshops and Tutorials, Industry and Innovation Tracks, Practitioners, Doctoral Consortium and Blue Sky, pp. 536–542, 2023. doi:10.1007/978-3-031-36336-8_83