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Introduction to ChatGPT: A Practical Guide

Learn how ChatGPT actually works under the hood! This byte-sized course will get you up to speed on Large Language Models (LLMs) including topics like Prompt Design, Fine-Tuning, and the future of this exciting technology!

2 Days

Average time students take to complete this course.

Taught by: Cale Shapera
Last updated: May 2024

Course overview

Taught by a Conversational AI Engineer, this course will teach you how to use Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT for your own purposes. You'll learn all about Prompt Design and Fine-Tuning using data scraped from Reddit or using your own data sets.

What you'll learn

  • Fully understand the capabilities and limitations of the most popular and best publicly-available language model: ChatGPT
  • The current and potential use cases for ChatGPT and other Large Language Models (LLMs)
  • Learn how to use ChatGPT effectively to accomplish your tasks efficiently
  • Learn the emerging discipline of Prompt Design and how it applies to text-based LLMs and image generators
  • Whether ChatGPT is a true Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

The release of ChatGPT has taken the world by storm... but how does it actually work? Is it really artificial intelligence?

Well that's what this course is all about. But first let's cover some basics:

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a Large Language Model.

What are Large Language Models (LLMs)?

They're a type of machine learning model that uses deep learning algorithms to process and understand natural language.

That's a lot of fancy words, what the heck does that mean?

These models learn patterns and relationships in language by being "trained" on absolutely huge amounts of text (i.e. data) from the internet.

Got it! So what do I need this course for?

This course is designed to give you a deep understanding of how to use LLMs like ChatGPT, and how they work under-the-hood. That means you'll learn about concepts like Prompt Design and Fine-Tuning so that you understand how models are trained and even how to train your own model.

You'll even get to see examples of LLMs being implemented.

This way you can make your own decision about whether ChatGPT is truly artificial intelligence or just a fancy text generator. Or maybe somewhere in between.

What we can guarantee is that this course will make you knowledgeable in all the core topics underlying ChatGPT and the actual tech behind all the hype.

No bias. Just pure knowledge and fundamentals.

The best part? This course will help you determine whether this exciting field could be the start of an amazing career for you.

It's clear that the field of Conversational AI is growing rapidly. There are A LOT of companies, top investors, and VCs jumping head-first into these technologies right now.

That means there are already many jobs being created for people who can best leverage these LLMs and likely to be a lot more in the future.

Even if you don't plan on becoming a Conversational AI Engineer, this is still good knowledge to have to make sure you stay at the forefront of the rapidly changing world of technology.

By enrolling today, you’ll also get to join our exclusive online community classroom to learn alongside thousands of students, alumni, mentors, TAs and Instructors.

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Finally, just as the Conversational AI ecosystem evolves, this course will also constantly evolve and be updated with new lectures and resources as well so that you can stay on the cutting edge of what is already a cutting edge field.

When's the best time to get started? Today!

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Course curriculum

We want you to make sure this course is a good fit for you. So start learning about LLMs & ChatGPT for free right now by clicking the PREVIEW links below.


4 lectures

Byte Sized Learning


Exercise: Meet Your Classmates and Instructor


Understanding Your Video Player (notes, video speed, subtitles + more)


Set Your Learning Streak Goal



2 lectures

What We'll Be Using


Why Is This Important?3:28


Prompt Design

7 lectures

Introduction to Prompt Design2:49






Example Implementation7:32


Exercise: Design Your Own Prompts!


Example Implementation: Hipster Friend4:38


Transition to Fine-Tuning1:40



5 lectures

Introduction to Fine-Tuning5:40


Getting a Data Set3:03


Getting Your Own Data Set


Fine-Tuning the Model3:45


Using the Fine-Tuned Model5:50



2 lectures

What's Next for LLMs and Career Advice7:29


Get Ready For More...


Where To Go From Here?

6 lectures

Thank You!1:17


Review This Course!


Become An Alumni


Learning Guideline


LinkedIn Endorsements


Coding Challenges


Meet your instructor

Your instructor isn't just an expert with years of real-world professional experience. He has been in your shoes. He makes learning fun. He makes complex topics feel simple. He will motivate you. He will push you. And he will go above and beyond to help you succeed.

Cale Shapera

Hi, I'm Cale Shapera!

Cale is a specialist in the rapidly growing field of Conversational AI and has worked with some of the world's biggest brands. Cale firmly believes that everyone is capable of learning new things and completely transforming careers in the process.


Cale Shapera

Conversational AI Engineer

Frequently asked questions

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

None! Just the curiosity to learn all about how this exciting technology really works.

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who wants to get an efficient crash course on the technology and concepts behind LLMs
  • AI and ChatGPT enthusiasts that want to know more about this exciting technology
  • Programmers who want to learn more about Conversational AI so that they can add it to their toolkit and decide whether to pursue it as a career

Do you provide a certificate of completion?

We definitely do and they are quite nice. You will also be able to add Zero To Mastery Academy to the education section of your LinkedIn profile as well.

Are there subtitles?

Yes! We have high quality subtitles in 11 different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Romanian, Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese, Indonesian, and Japanese.

You can even adjust the text size, color, background and more so that the subtitles are perfect just for you!

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