Thomas C. Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology
The University of Georgia, USA
Title: “The Research We Need to Win the Race between Human Learning and Machine Learning”
Abstract: Over the past 25 years, major advances have been made in the development of machine learning, also referred to as “deep learning,” a branch of artificial intelligence (AI) whereby computers are programmed to analyze large data sets and make inferences about new data. The capacities of deep learning machines to see and understand, listen and speak, read and write, and integrate information and make judgments are developing at amazing rates. Among other uses, deep learning algorithms are automating jobs done by humans at an ever-increasing rate. While we have grown accustomed to thinking that robotics would take over most manufacturing tasks, most of us have not begun to grapple with what machine learning advances mean for the professions such as law, medicine, and education. These developments have major implications for education and training at all levels. Bold new educational design research initiatives are needed to increase the odds that humans will prevail in the race between human learning and machine learning.
Dr Thomas C. Reeves (Tom) is Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology in the College of Education at The University of Georgia. He is a former Fulbright Lecturer in Peru and he has been an invited speaker in the USA and more than 30 other countries. In 2003, he received the AACE Fellowship Award from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, in 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), and in 2013 he received the Lifetime Award from the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) as well as the David H. Jonassen Excellence in Research Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). His books include: Interactive Learning Systems Evaluation (2003, with John Hedberg), A Guide to Authentic E-Learning (2010, with Jan Herrington and Ron Oliver), Conducting Educational Design Research (2012, 2019, with Susan McKenney), and MOOCs and Open Education around the World (2015, with Curt Bonk, Mimi Lee, and Tom Reynolds). He lives in Athens, Georgia, USA with his wife, Dr Trisha Reeves, who is a Professor of Social Work at The University of Georgia, and their two West Highland Terriers (Westies), Button and Zipper.
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