The Big Reset: Adapting to a New Educational Landscape
Date Friday, Nov 24 Time – Room Potsdam I
In our ever-evolving technological landscape, recent advancements, especially in conversational and generative AI, are on the brink of catalysing a profound transformation in the realm of education and student assessment. These developments challenge the traditional educational paradigm, shifting the spotlight from educators to learners. The question arises: can we do anything other than wholeheartedly embrace these changes? What novel opportunities emerge to enhance the design of teaching and learning?
Join us in this thought-provoking plenary session as we delve into the transformative impact of emerging technology on the education landscape. As we stand on the precipice of a world where machines will increasingly perform tasks previously undertaken by humans, we must contemplate the essence of learning itself. Does learning still hold relevance and promise in this brave new world? We'll also explore the critical question: In a world where skills for jobs that may soon be exerted by machines, what role is left for human learning?
Together, let's explore what sets us apart from machines and chart a course towards a reimagined future for education.
Our Keynote Speakers at this Plenary will include:
Director of Institutional Research and Analysis, Center for Teaching and Learning, Lecturer , American University of Armenia, Armenia
Brent A. Anders, Ph.D. has a Doctorates degree in Education (focusing on online learning, educational technology, and instructional methodologies) and currently works as the Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the American University of Armenia.
He also serves as a lecturer on the topic of professional communication. His research interests are, AI in education, student motivation, and educational professional development.
Anders has done multiple public speaking events throughout the US and other parts of the world to include Australia, Tunisia, Germany, and Armenia. He has authored multiple books, research articles, and blog posts dealing with educational methodologies, online learning, and educational technology.
His second book on AI, “The AI Literacy Imperative: Empowering Instructors & Students” is now available on Amazon and focuses on the important need for everyone in academia to develop AI literacy skills in order to better develop students to be able to succeed in this fully integrated AI world.
Dean of Online and Digital Education, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Margaret Korosec is an innovative strategic leader bringing creativity, intentionality, and systems perspective to her leadership in scaling online and digital education. She is the Dean of Online and Digital Education at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom leading on establishing a design ecosystem to support and scale online education and a digitally-enabled student experience.
As part of her role, she has academic oversight of the Digital Education Service. The service provides specialist learning design, development, production, media, creative and learning systems management for online and digital education. She led the development of a digital learning accelerator, Helix; a creative space to encourage experimentation, iteration, and exploration fostering sense making of emergent technology and enabling radical internal and external collaboration.
Prior to joining Leeds, she led the growth of the credit and non-credit bearing online portfolio at the University of Derby Online Learning. She had strategic leadership of the design, development, and production of the portfolio with specific remit to launch over a dozen new online degrees fulfilling an ambitious strategic investment bid in less than two years. Her prior contribution at Western Governors University in the US, a fully online, competency-based educational model, significantly informed her commitment to online and flexible learning after witnessing the transformative impact education had on the professional trajectory and lives of graduates.
Professor of Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sian Bayne is Professor of Digital Education, Co-Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute (https://efi.ed.ac.uk/) and Assistant Principal Education Futures at the University of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk). She directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education (http://www.de.ed.ac.uk/), and researches digital education, higher education futures and utopias. She is one of the authors of The Manifesto for Teaching Online (https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/manifesto-teaching-online), gives regular keynotes on the future of digital education and publishes widely. More information about her work is on her web site at: http://sianbayne.net
CEO, Education Alchemists. Ltd, United Kingdom
Professor Salmon is the founder and CEO of Education Alchemists Ltd - formed around her life's work including Carpe Diem learning design, pedagogical transformation, online education, technology-enhanced teaching, the 5 stage model, e-tivities, and Education 4.0. Until recently Professor of Learning Transformation and pro-vice-chancellor at universities in the UK and Australia, she is now based in London with all workshops offered fully digitally and worldwide. She is a well-known keynote speaker and workshop leader. Her books E-moderating and E-tivities are considered seminal texts