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Professor George Siemens

Prof George Siemens

Professor George Siemens
Professor and Director: Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning UniSA Education Futures
University of South Australia

Professor George Siemens researches how human and artificial cognition intersect in knowledge processes. He is Professor and Director of the Center for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at University of South Australia and is a Professor of Practice in Psychology at University of Texas, Arlington, administering the Masters of Science in Learning Analytics. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 40 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. He has served as PI or Co-PI on grants funded by NSF, SSHRC (Canada), OLT (Australia), Intel, Boeing, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Soros Foundation.  He has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. He holds an honorary professorship with University of Edinburgh. 

Dr. Siemens is a founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research ( He has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). His current projects, Global Research Alliance for AI in Learning and Education (GRAILE – and SenseAI focus on analyzing how AI is deployed in learning and knowledge settings and the leadership capabilities needed to enable and support this work.