As pressure mounts on L&D to get out of its bind on
learning analytics and start taking data seriously, John Helmer
talks to Dr George Siemens, founder president of the Society for
Learning Analytics Research, and the father of connectivist
learning theory. In George’s view, conditions have never been more
favourable for a more data-driven approach in Corporate learning,
with the Covid crisis massively accelerating digital transformation
across all areas of organisational operations.
Learning analytics are just one area of this internationally
renowned author and speaker's work. George is also professor at the
University of Texas at Arlington and Director of the Centre for
Change and Complexity in Learning at the University of South
Australia. This wide-ranging discussion also covers connectivism,
MOOCs and the offloading of human cognitive capabilities to AI with
its implications for learning.