After taking most of August off, Blursdays are back!
Today we’ll be visiting again with our friend John Whitmer. John, as you may know, is a guru on various topics from AI to learning analytics to efficacy studies. He’s currently at the Federation of American Scientists, where he gets to consult on all kinds of interesting projects. Before that, he worked at ACT, Blackboard—where he was affectionately referred to as “Dr. John”—and the Cal State System. I’m interested in talking to John about how we should think about AI in EdTech. This is part of a larger conversation I want to cultivate around goals, guardrails, and guidelines that should ultimately lead to some institutional policy and practice recommendations.
Speaking of the Cal State system, next week we’ll have Michael Berman, CIO of that hallowed university system. Michael is a classic example of a Blursday guest that you absolutely should know but may not if you don’t hang in the right circles. He has had a wide range of experiences that give him great perspective. And he’s fun to talk to. I’m curious to get his perspective on this “new normal” that we’re all trying to anticipate, but the conversation could go anywhere.
The 9/16 Blursday is going to be a surprise. If you’ve been paying close attention to my comings and goings (and my LinkedIn feed) you may have some intimation of what it’s going to be about.
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