I have been hearing the word “prompt” a lot more lately. “Prompt engineering” to be exact. This recent IT term is all the buzz, and it is paired with terms like artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models (LLM). This blog post, however, is about another type of prompt: the one that language and communications teachers at the college level have been engineering since time immemorial and students write in response. And there lies the problem! The prompts are being recycled and passed on from the classroom to students’ sharing sites such as Studocu and Course Hero, and then making their way back to the classroom. It is not the type of recycling teachers want to see. Going viral is not always a good thing; it kills originality for everyone, so I have started to retreat my prompts and generate new ones. This time with a different twist.
The Birth of the SQT Prompt
Experimenting with SQT Prompt
Background to SQT
The First SQT Prompt Prototype
Task: Your goal is to convince these young, married professionals that they should buy the new model sports car instead of a sedan or SUV. To support your argument, include no more than two ideas from the assigned reading, cited in APA style (7th edition). Your paragraph should follow a formal tone and be ready for publication.