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OpenAI Enrolls ChatGPT at Arizona State University

OpenAI and Arizona State University (ASU) have inked a deal to embed ChatGPT into ASU’s educational and research operations. ASU is the first higher education institution to partner with OpenAI, as many others limit or outright ban the use of generative AI assistants for academic projects.

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The arrangement has OpenAI providing ASU with ChatGPT Enterprise accounts it can distribute to the university community. These accounts offer more ChatGPT controls and tools, including shareable templates, unlimited data analysis, and priority access to ChatGPT computing resources.The school envisions ASU students employing ChatGPT for studying and to help edit their writing. In February, ASU will solicit ideas from students and faculty on how best to leverage ChatGPT in educational, research, and administrative projects.

“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 Crow explained. “Our collaboration with OpenAI reflects our philosophy and our commitment to participate directly in the responsible evolution of AI learning technologies.”

The university and OpenAI’s agreement includes several privacy and security measures to reassure the school community. For instance, OpenAI won’t apply the data gathered at ASU by ChatGPT for training its models, and all submitted prompts will be kept private. The partnership reflects the shifting attitudes towards generative AI in education, one that OpenAI has been eager to encourage. Not that OpenAI is unique in seeing a place for generative AI in higher education. Grammarly offers generative AI-powered features for helping students brainstorm ideas for writing as part of the GrammarlyGo generative AI writing assistant.

OpenAI is notably keen to show it has a place at universities. The company even published a strategic outline for educators interested in using ChatGPT, with examples from actual teachers. Educators at all levels would benefit from employing generative AI in encouraging critical thinking skills among students, according to OpenAI. The same goes for learning languages, practicing debates, or preparing for tests with synthetically generated questions.

“Learning is core to why so many users love ChatGPT. ASU continues to lead in innovation by integrating ChatGPT into its educational programs,” said OpenAI COO Brad Lightcap. “We’re keen to learn from ASU, and to work toward expanding ChatGPT’s impact in higher education.”

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