Arizona State University (ASU) and OpenAI are working together to bring ChatGPT into ASU’s classrooms. ASU mentioned in a press release that they plan to use ChatGPT Enterprise in three main areas: improving student success, exploring new paths for innovative research, and making organizational processes more efficient.
Kyle Bowen, the deputy chief information officer at ASU, informed that, “Our faculty and staff were already using ChatGPT. With the introduction of ChatGPT Enterprise, which addressed many of our security concerns, we thought it was a logical step to collaborate with OpenAI.” He also mentioned that ASU faculty members, including those with expertise in AI, will play a role in guiding the use of generative AI on campus.
ChatGPT in Education
Starting in February, the university will start accepting project ideas from both faculty and students about how to incorporate ChatGPT. Anne Jones, the vice provost for undergraduate education, shared in an interview that some professors are already using generative AI in their classes.
She pointed out examples like composition classes using AI to enhance writing and journalism classes utilizing AI platforms to create multimedia stories. Jones also suggested the possibility of chatbots serving as personalized tutors for ASU students.
Jones and Bowen suggest that universities provide a real-world testing environment for various generative AI applications.
“We aim to promote critical thinking, so we never thought about excluding ourselves from technology. Our goal is to contribute to understanding the circumstances under which this technology can be beneficial in education,” stated Jones.
In the previous year, ASU initiated an AI accelerator program, uniting researchers and engineers to develop AI-driven services. The university also started providing prompt engineering classes to encourage AI literacy.
This marks the initial collaboration between OpenAI and an educational institution. The company has gradually started forming partnerships with additional public-facing organizations. Recently, it revealed an agreement with the Pennsylvania state government to introduce ChatGPT Enterprise for certain state employees.
Arizona State University (ASU) and OpenAI are teaming up to bring ChatGPT into ASU classrooms. They plan to use ChatGPT Enterprise to improve student success, drive innovative research, and streamline organizational processes. Faculty members, with AI expertise, will guide its use. This collaboration reflects a broader trend of OpenAI partnering with educational and public institutions.