Interactive Breakout Session EDT71
We Need to Talk about Bots…
Date Friday, Dec 8 Time – Room Charlottenburg 1
We need to have a conversation about bots. About user needs and user experiences. And about how we will be interacting with chat-bots more and more. Experts in the field will lead the session with their views and experiences.
In We Need to Talk about Bots… Donald Clark will show how chatbots can be used in learner engagement, teaching support, teaching knowledge, tutor feedback, scenario-based learning, critical thinking and assessment. He will show real examples, as well as some bot successes and fails - botched bots - and explain the options in terms of production.
Federico Giacanelli of CINECA will share his work and views on Getting Closer to Students by (Automatic) Chatting - A University Case Study with Cognitive Computing
Plan B Learning, UK
We Need to Talk about Bots…
Donald is an entrepreneur, CEO, Professor, speaker and blogger. He was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK e-learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005. Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he now the CEO of an AI learning company WildFire, investor and Board member of PlanB learning, LearningPool and Cogbooks. He has been involved in consulting and implementing online learning in schools, FE, HE, corporate and government.
Donald has been involved in film, games, web, mobile, MOOCs, Oculus Rift and won many awards for the design and implementation of online learning. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, having delivered talks in the US, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Africa, and won several ‘Best speaker’ awards … also a regular (and controversial) blogger on online learning!
Getting Closer to Students by (Automatic) Chatting - A University Case Study with Cognitive Computing
Federico Giacanelli holds a Master Degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Bologna (1993) and a Physics PhD from the University of Torino (1998). He then focused on the Internet and the Web, working on networking administration, elearning, Multimedia and early streaming services, Ontology based portals, Blogs and CMSs, digital libraries at CINECA InterUniversity Consortium. He loves exploring digital human interactions so he works on web application design, from gathering functional requirements to UX design. He currently works on Bestr, the Italian Open Badges platform, for which he is responsible for UX development and general application design and testing. He recently become the project lead of Student Advisor, an intelligent conversational agent to help Students in their university life.