Today, February 26, we begin our week of brainstorming a future of education project. Yes, it’s day 1 of the FOECast ideation week!
Today’s prompt is, What needs did the Horizon Report meet?
Think about it. How did Horizon inspire thinking or inform planning? What did it add to your understanding of the future of education and technology?
Reflect on your experience, as well as what you heard from others. Then share your thoughts where you prefer: in comments on this blog post; in the Google Doc; on your own blog; in the Slack channel; on Twitter, using hashtag #FOECast; on other social media venues; other platforms. Comment on this post or ping me directly if you have questions or want to make sure we see your contributions. Respond to other people’s thoughts, and the conversation will build.
Also today is our 10 am EST/3 pm GMT video discussion (here’s the Zoom link). Please join us to share your thoughts in realtime!
Over the weekend, comments and ideas started to appear, and I’d like to share some here, which might inspire you.
In response to Friday’s post announcing this week’s plans, Mark Wilson offered these excellent questions, along with advice and generous participation offer:
Who are the intended audiences for FOECast?
Are students being invited to participate?
This adult student intends to participate.
It will be an excellent warm up for Open Education Week, March 5-9.
In the Google Doc, six (!) very thoughtful questions appeared:
- The World Bank has a major program in higher education in the developing world, that has specific goals, particularly in Africa and African countries have their own agendas for developing their HEI’s that does not take into account a “futures” approach
- It has been said that the best way to approach the future is to create it as we see with Minerva,Kepler, Arizona State University, Straighterline and now ACE giving credit for experience which transfers towards degrees. There are others
- Looking across the “Horizon”, the above and others suggest that the idea of a vision for the future of HEI’s will be heterodox. The idea of a future of HEI’s evolving from the 10th century to today may not even have a core mission(s) and these may be determined, as in other sectors, based on the markets. This may be exacerbated by the increase in the precariate nature of the faculty in the developed nations, paralleling that path in the developing countries and which points towards an increasing shift away from faculty decisions and more towards a corporate model.
- There is a sensibility that institutions will follow more of the path of the non-academic sector using such techniques as Outcome Driven Innovation specific to the institution
- How to directly link library resources to the classroom environment. Is essence a correlation of already provided stuff embedded into the LMS/syllabus
- how to predict/influence success of college students while they are still in 8th or 9th grade. Aptitude, class selection etc so they are ready to be in college and do well?
On LinkedIn, Taylor Kendal blogged about his role in helping launch FOECast. And Peter Shea (Middlesex Community College) wrote:
I think we should discuss how FOEcast can be truly distinctive from the Horizon Report. I would like FOEcast to look at both what will likely occur in the near future as well as discuss what we *like* to see happen (and why).