Category: Future of Learning

What IS a Learning Futurist?

One of the things that’s been keeping me busy is my new position as the Learning Futurist for The LIFT Institute at Muskegon Community College.  This is, essentially, an advisory position (read: not full-time), and really, I think I’ve been doing the job for a couple years, but without any kind of official designation.  So I’m thrilled that the college has chosen to acknowledge the role I play at the college by incorporating it into our new faculty center.  (by the way, LIFT = Learning. Innovation. Futuring. Technology) I got to choose the specific job title for our futurist...

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Prezi: Future-Proof Your Education

Here is my new prezi (designed for students) called Future-Proof Your Education. How do you prepare for uncertain career paths where technical knowledge doubles every two years? You pay attention to the skills that surround the content: Interact, Flex, Learn, Explain, Analyze, and Focus. ANALYZE … think critically, interpret data, predict, solve problems, make decisions, scrutinize information sources EXPLAIN … convey ideas in writing, depict data visually, speak so that others understand, present ideas digitally FOCUS … observe critically, read with understanding, be self-directed, listen carefully, set and meet goals EXPLAIN … convey ideas in writing, depict data visually,...

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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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Levers of Change in Higher Education

Here’s the latest Prezi on Levers of Change in Higher Education. We’ve seen many major industries undergo dramatic change in the last decade (i.e. manufacturing, newspapers, and customer service).  While education seems “untouchable” to those within the system, there are many “levers of change” that have the potential for dramatic restructuring of higher education as well.  Online courses, adaptive computer assessment systems, open-source textbooks, edupunks, pay-by-the-month degrees, … these are just some of the levers that are prying at the corners of higher education.  In this presentation I will identify many of the levers of change that have the potential to shift higher education, resources to learn more about these, and a few scenarios that describe some of the possible futures of higher education. You can also watch the video of the live presentation here. Levers of Change in Higher Education on Prezi Possibly Related Posts: ESIL: A Learning Lens for the Digital Age Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Reimagining Calculus Keynote Adjuncts shouldn’t have to fix a broken system Financial Aid, WGU, and...

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Playing to Learn?

This is a rebuild of the Presentation I did in Texas called “Playing to Learn Math?” It is focused on a general audience in education and includes many more games and simulations than the prior version.  Before you click through, think about this … 99% of boys aged 12-17 play video games 94% of girls aged 12-17 play video games 50% of teens played video games “yesterday” Pew Research, Teens, Video Games, and Civics, 2008 Since 2006, the rate of Internet use for teens aged 12-17 has been 93-94%, with roughly 40% using the Internet “Several Times a Day”...

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