J Scott Christianson

As an Associate Teaching Professor for MU's Trulaske College of Business, I teach courses focused on information systems and project management with an emphasis on getting students to think critically about emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT). I am particularly interested in the role that technology plays in our lives and how technology can impact our collective future. I believe that the COVID-19 crisis has moved the future forward; transformations that might have taken decades will now take years or months as the world's commerce and information flows are re-invented. Understanding technology will dramatically impact our power to shape the future and our ability to meet some of the bigs challenges our small planet faces.

I am a recognized leader in applying emerging technologies in education programs and the classroom (Details are on my CV.). I have received the Distance Learning Leadership Award from the Missouri Distance Learning Association, the Raymond and Mary Ann O'Brien Excellence in Teaching Award, the Bruce and Pam Walker Outstanding Faculty Service, and several other teaching awards from my students and peers.

I am an experienced public speaker and writer. I have authored or co-authored three books, including Virtual Classrooms, an early book about using videoconferencing for distance learning (published in the mid-90s before Zoom was cool!). This academic year, I am continuing to collaborate with colleagues in Ukraine and South Africa to deliver courses and workshops focusing on emerging technologies to audiences worldwide.

Before devoting myself full-time to teaching, I owned Kaleidoscope Consulting, an information technology business. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), I have worked on more than 400 projects worldwide. In 2012 Governor Nixon appointed me to the Board of Regents for the State Technical College of Missouri, where I was elected Vice-President and served for six years.

If you want to talk or engage me for speaking, please connect. I always like to discuss new projects, new ideas, and new ways of thinking.


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    Student-Centric AI, TEDx MU 2020


    On April 18th, TEDxMU will be closed to in-person guests due to COVID-19 and campus closures but will be live-streamed so everyone can share in this experience and hear the speakers’ ideas worth spreading! More details will be announced later.

    Right now, a narrow form of Artificial Intelligence called Machine Learning is being added into software used by Universities and Colleges for student admissions, determining financial aid, grading, and placing students in specific programs. These systems are designed to achieve institutional goals, not student goals. It is time to reimagine what a world be like with AI that was student-centric instead of institution-centric. Student-centric AI would help students choose the institution where they can be the most successful, match their learning styles with institutions and professors who would serve them best, and empower students to take control of their educational experience.

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