ASU Announces that It Will Use OpenAI Technology to Build Tutors

IBL News | New York

Arizona State University (ASU) announced today a partnership with Microsoft-backed OpenAI that will give the institution access to the enterprise version of ChatGPT, which offers more security, privacy, and higher-speed access to this technology.

ASU highlighted in its announcement that “it has become the first higher education institution to collaborate with OpenAI.”

To date, OpenAI has signed dozens of partnerships with companies in media, technology, and other industries.

The university’s President, Michael Crow, said, “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.” 

OpenAI Chief Operating Officer, Brad Lightcap, stated, “We’re keen to learn from ASU, and to work toward expanding ChatGPT’s impact in higher education.”

Starting in February, ASU said that it will invite submissions from faculty and staff to implement the innovative uses of ChatGPT Enterprise. The three key areas of concentration include: enhancing student success, forging new avenues for innovative research, and streamlining organizational processes.

With the OpenAI partnership, ASU plans to build a personalized AI tutor for students on STEM and other courses and study topics. On its Freshman Composition, the largest university course, those tutors will offer students writing help.

ASU also plans to use ChatGPT Enterprise to develop AI avatars as a “creative buddy.”

The institution said the collaboration builds on ASU’s commitment to exploring AI in all forms. Last year, the university announced the launch of AI Acceleration, a new team of technologists dedicated to creating the next generation of AI tools. “The collaboration with OpenAI will empower new solutions being developed as part of this team’s efforts,” said ASU.