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Augmented Humanity

0.5 credits

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Course Description

Humans as a species are a creative, resilient, and adaptive bunch. We learned to harness the power of fire, to sustain large populations with agricultural technology, to prevent and treat disease with modern medicines, and much more! Now we're venturing into a whole new world of adaptation, technology, and change with the emergence of human enhancement and augmentation.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Define augmented humanity and human enhancement.
  • Discuss ways that humans as a species may be “augmented” today.
  • Discuss how speech recognition, machine learning, advances in assisted reproductive technologies and sensors are changing humanity.
  • Discuss ethical implications for human enhancement.


Target Audience: K-12 Educators

Time to Complete Course: 2-5 hours

Course Instructor

Candice Chambers

Candice Chambers

Teacher Development Specialist

Since joining NCSSM in 2012, Candice Chambers has taught a variety of courses focusing on applications in forensics and health sciences. In addition to teaching, she has taken on numerous projects such as developing new curriculum, piloting new instructional technologies in the classroom, supporting school-wide professional growth initiatives, scaffolding new advising opportunities for students in distance education, and participating in the 100Kin10 2017 fellowship cohort focused on exploring the challenges that educators face in incorporating STEM activities in the classroom. Candice is passionate about organization, instructional design, professional development, and community building in education, as is reflected in her current role as Teacher Development Specialist at NCSSM. She works as a part of the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum (TLC) team providing professional development and ongoing instructional support for teachers.

  • BS, Anthropology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • MA, Anthropology, North Carolina State University
  • Certificate, Core Public Health Concepts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill