Arizona State University (ASU) announced a new partnership with OpenAI – the AI research and deployment company behind ChatGPT – that will enable faculty and staff to explore the potential of generative AI to enhance teaching, learning, and discovery, while also ensuring increased levels of privacy and security.
“ASU recognizes that augmented and artificial intelligence systems are here to stay, and we are optimistic about their ability to become incredible tools that help students to learn, learn more quickly, and understand subjects more thoroughly,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “Our collaboration with OpenAI reflects our philosophy and our commitment to participate directly in the responsible evolution of AI learning technologies.”
The school will be testing out the capabilities of OpenAI’s ChatGPT Enterprise solution. ASU noted that any prompts the ASU community inputs into their chat board will remain secure. Further, OpenAI does not use this data for its training models.
Beginning next month, ASU will run an open challenge that invites faculty and staff to submit their ideas on best-use scenarios. The three key areas of concentration for the best-use scenarios are the ability to enhance student success, forging new avenues for innovative research, and streamlining organizational processes.
“Learning is core to why so many users love ChatGPT. ASU continues to lead in innovation by integrating ChatGPT into its educational programs,” OpenAI Chief Operating Officer Brad Lightcap said. “We’re keen to learn from ASU, and to work toward expanding ChatGPT’s impact in higher education.”
In a press release, the university touted that it is the first higher education institution to collaborate with OpenAI in this capacity.