Stephen M. Kosslyn

Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, Founder and CEO of Active Learning Sciences, Inc.

Dr. Kosslyn is the founder of Active Learning Sciences, Inc., and is Chief Academic Officer of Foundry College. He previously was the Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Minerva University. Before that, he was the director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Prior to that, he was chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Kosslyn's research has focused on the nature of visual mental imagery, visual communication, and the science of learning; he has published 14 books and over 350 papers on these topics. He has received numerous honors, including the National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three honorary Doctorates and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Learning to Flourish in The Age of AI

To interact effectively with generative artificial intelligence (AI), we need to develop new skills. This brief talk considers two types of such skills: The first is directly involved in designing prompts for AIs and evaluating the results; these skills focus on various kinds of critical thinking and creative thinking. The second type of skills is broader and addresses the nature and origins of the goals we have for such interactions; these skills require reframing general knowledge so that it becomes relevant to various types of interactions with AI.


Using GPT for Active Learning

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) has opened new ways to structure and deliver educational programs. It can be used to help design courses (such as by drafting syllabi and lesson plans), can be used to deliver key aspects of those courses (such as active learning exercises), and can be used to assess how well learners actually understand the material (such as by using rubrics to assess interviews with learners). These workshops convey best practices for using AI in education in many and varied ways, and will convey practical, useful knowledge and skills to participants.