Preparing Students for Life Beyond College: Embracing AI as Essential Learning

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024
  • 3:45pm – 4:45pm U.S. Eastern Time Zone
  • Pacific Ballroom

Generative AI tools have had an astonishingly quick impact on the ways we learn, work, think, and create.  While higher education’s initial response was to develop strategies to diminish AI’s influence in the classroom, it is now clear that AI competencies and literacies must be embraced as essential learning outcomes for most colleges and universities.  These responses and realities create a challenging tension that high education must work to resolve.  Drawing from the presenter’s new book, Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning (Johns Hopkins University Press), this presentation will detail the companion challenges and opportunities that are emerging for higher education with a particular focus on online, digital, and blended learning.  Clear guidance will be provided regarding approaches and strategies higher education can adopt, both within the classroom and across larger curricular structures, to best prepare students for the life that awaits them after graduation.

Note:  Our session will begin with a Welcome and Student Lightning Talk.  This will be immediately followed by the Keynote address.  Please join us for the Accelerate 2024 Welcome Reception in the exhibit hall immediately following the keynote.

C. Edward Watson, Ph.D

Dr. Watson is the Vice President for Digital Innovation at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). He is also the founding director of AAC&U’s Institute on AI, Pedagogy, and the Curriculum. Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Watson was the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia (UGA) where he led university efforts associated with faculty development, TA development, learning technologies, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He continues to serve as a Fellow in the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education at UGA and recently stepped down after more than a decade as the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  His most recent book is Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2024). Dr. Watson been quoted in the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Campus Technology, EdSurge, EdTech, Consumer Reports, UK Financial Times, and University Business Magazine and by the AP, CNN and NPR regarding current teaching and learning issues and trends in higher education.