Category: Future of Higher Ed

Learn This Button World Future 2011

Yesterday I spoke at the Education Summit of the World Future Society 2011 Conference about the idea for SOCRAIT (a vision for an education future where learning is personal).  Thanks to an audience member from the front row for volunteering to record the talk. Here are some related links: Learn This Button World Future 2011 (this year’s talk, amateur recording) Where’s the “Learn This” Button? (20-minute version, TED-style talk, professional recording) Prezi for Where’s the Learn This Button (the illustration) Levers of Change World Future 2010 (last year’s talk, amateur recording) Levers of Change in Higher Education (recorded at...

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Levers of Change in Higher Education

I’ve given this talk at the ITC eLearning Conference (Florida) and the ACU Connected Summit (Texas) in the last week.  If you haven’t seen the talk, it was recorded at the ITC Conference (you’ll need to download Silverlight). Here is the Prezi: Levers of Change in Higher Education Levers of Change in Higher Education on Prezi Possibly Related Posts: Reimagining Calculus Keynote Adjuncts shouldn’t have to fix a broken system Financial Aid, WGU, and OIG Interdisciplinary Courseware to the Rescue? Adding Future Proof Skills to Course...

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What is SOCRAIT?

SOCRAIT is my name for the SRSLS (spaced-repetition socratic learning system) that we need to push learning into the digital age.  The name SOCRAIT (pronounced so-crate) is a play on Socratic (because it’s based on Socratic questions), it contains SOC for social, AI for artificial intelligence, and IT for information technology. Since July,  I have been preoccupied with this idea.   Many technology and learning experts who have read or talked with me about SOCRAIT have told me that they believe that our learning future has to at least look something like SOCRAIT.  They say (and I agree) that...

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Giving up Calculation by Hand

This is scary stuff for math professors, but with the arrival of amazing programs like Wolfram Alpha, we’re going to have to start paying attention to the signs of change.  I talked to Conrad Wolfram (at Wolfram Alpha Homework Day) when he was still formulating what he wanted to say at this TED Talk.  I think it’s worth 18 minutes of your time to watch Teaching kids real math with computers. Here’s an outline of the Conrad Wolfram’s argument (which I am paraphrasing/quoting here): What’s the point of teaching people math? Technical jobs (critical to the development of our...

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World Future Society Conference 2010

This is the 3rd year I’ve attended the WFS Conference and it’s a difficult event to describe.  You might imagine a collection of Nostradamus-like individuals, making predictions about the future, and I’ll admit it; this conference does have a larger proportion of older, bearded men than most conferences I attend.  However, the vast majority of attendees are completely serious professionals who are in the business of making informed predictions and hedging bets against uncertainty.  All of us participate in futuring – at least all of us that have ever made a budget or participated in some kind of strategic...

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