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March 14, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Barge, Vanderbilt launch new “Generative AI for Leaders” course

Available on Coursera, it takes about four hours to complete the course which offers hands-on experience across various capabilities.

Barge Design Solutions, an engineering and architecture firm with diverse in-house multidisciplinary practice areas, is collaborating with Vanderbilt University’s Future of Learning and Generative AI Initiative to educate executives on how to embrace and harness this groundbreaking technology in business leadership.

To kick off this collaboration, Dr. Jules White, a Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, and Bob Higgins, Barge’s President and Chief Executive Officer, worked together to co-create a new course, “Generative AI for Leaders,” which comprehensively addresses essential artificial intelligence (AI) skills tailored for business leaders.

Hosted on Coursera, “Generative AI for Leaders” takes approximately four hours to complete and offers hands-on experience across various capabilities, including agenda architecting, proposal proficiency, leveraging AI for brainstorming, drafting effective communication, navigating human resource dynamics, and executing seamless leadership transitions.

“Executive leaders can already see the transformative power and potential of rapidly developing AI systems,” said Dr. White. “This course offers them a deeper understanding of the technology, without getting bogged down in needless complexity. Our goal in developing this new educational series is to help leaders harness the remarkable capabilities of AI to accelerate their strategic and operational objectives.”

Throughout the course, Dr. White and Higgins provide a deep dive into Generative AI to help leaders understand the underlying principles of this technology and learn how augmented intelligence acts as an ‘Exoskeleton of the Mind’ to enhance cognitive capabilities while boosting productivity. The course also addresses anxieties and skepticism related to Generative AI to help leaders understand how to successfully integrate the technology into their organizations.


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