Monday, October 28th, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Keynote
Texas C-D
Session Title
Human and Artificial Cognition: What Does It Mean to Learning Designers and Faculty?
We are at the early stages of a revolution in how people and society learn, think, and build knowledge. In the short span of less than a generation, we have experienced a transition from traditional knowledge structures to distributed digital environments, and now, to socio-technical systems where we share cognitive processes with technology. While the promise is evident - ranging from better medical diagnosis to improved guidance on environmental actions needed - cognitive technologies also call into question the core of our humanity. Most significantly, what remains the unique domain of humans when artificial intelligence can outperform us on a growing range of tasks that were until recently exclusively ours? This presentation will provide an overview of how artificial cognitive systems impact how we learn and build knowledge - as individuals, as companies, and as a society. Challenges of ethics and bias will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on how learning designers and faculty can prepare themselves and learners for a world of human and artificial cognition.
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Dr. George Siemens, Founding President, Society for Learning Analytics Research
Dr. George Siemens is a founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research. He has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada, and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). He researches, technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education.

Dr. Siemens is Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington. He co-leads the development of the Center for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at University of South Australia. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers, radio, and television. He has served as PI or Co-PI on grants funded by NSF, SSHRC (Canada), Intel, Boeing, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Soros Foundation. He has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. He holds an honorary professorship with University of Edinburgh.