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Chatbots & Vocally Activated Technology

Calendar May 26, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

ChatBots and Vocal Interaction Technology are relatively new on the education scene. This is an intriguing time for learning about the pros and cons of using this new technology, AI, and iOT in classrooms and learning environments development. Most of the focus of ChatBots has been in the personal marketplace, and learners have phones, tablets, watches, and smart speakers that have responsive capacity and features.  This field is moving very fast and new applications and markets are opening up daily. Recently, Amazon released the first wave of "Alexa at Work" implementation.

ChatBots and Vocal Interaction Technology will enable us to explore, challenge, and even build ChatBot demos in a safe environment.  We will look at the tools and developers at the major technology companies and ask targeted questions about the application of this to the learning. Participants will explore several devices and some demo samples to share with your colleagues.  We will also look at the risk and limitations of learning clouds and legal “nightmares” involved. Most importantly, we will look at the ability to enhance and shape learning pathways and emerging methodologies. This will be a highly interactive and fun program for exploring the emerging field of Chatbots for learning.

Workshop Objectives:

Using the templates and the files provided, the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate what chatbots are and how they work.
  • Investigate the five major eco systems in AI and how they are similar and different.
  • Examine various considerations that will shape the adoption and the acceptance chatbots into the workplace and our personal lives.
  • Define characteristics of chatbots and what we need to look out for.
  • Connect learning and development to data and the workplace.


*Available as a keynote


Remote Faculty Bootcamp


with Bobbe Baggio

Calendar Jun 14, 2021 at 11:30 am, runs for 3 weeks

Do you feel comfortable teaching online? Are you using best practices in online pedagogy? Instructional design? Are you able to connect with your students in a way that really supports learning?

Create an online version of your face to face course that you can use anytime on any platform to teach it successfully.

 At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Adapt content to synchronous and asynchronous learning environments.
  2. Use effective online instructional techniques and methods to optimize the learning experience.
  3. Apply assessment and evaluation approaches that support your course. 
  4. Create learning assets to use in your online course.
  5. Appreciate the affordances of online learning.

Higher Education Reborn


with Bobbe Baggio

Calendar Aug 20, 2021

AIEd (Artificial Intelligence in Education) is a broad topic that is picking up steam.  Although it has been researched for over 30 years, only recently has it been coupled with an understanding of what AI really is, what it can deliver, and how it does what it does. Many simple versions are already used in schools and human resources departments to mine data or EDM (Educational Data Mining) and make predictions about success or failure in the classroom or the workplace. Particularly crucial to this conversation is what it is not. It is not smart technology that adapts to what is liked rather than what is learned. It is not smart administration without more efficient learning. AIEd is smart technology that impacts the learning of every learner and supports the teaching and training professions. AIEd is in the very early stages. It needs to be developed to allow better assessment, planning, delivery, pedagogy and experiences for learning. Incorporating learning science is an integral part of the advancement of AIEd. It offers the possibility of learning that is more personalized, flexible, engaging and inclusive. It has the possibility of closing achievement gaps and increasing teacher retention and development. Most importantly, it can help us learn, how people learn.

Workshop Objectives:

Using the templates and the files provided, the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate K-12, HEd and L&D and the three big reasons for each level of our current education.
  • Investigate trends in AIEd and tools that are available now.
  • Describe ways that AIEd incentivized changes in the levels of learning.
  • Define approaches to learning to think and away for a body of knowledge.
  • Experience different AI available now to education for now. 

 *Available as a keynote


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