FOECast ideation week, day 1: brainstorming and reflection

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!

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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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. How to directly link library resources to the classroom environment. Is essence a correlation of already provided stuff embedded into the LMS/syllabus
  6. 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).

For the week’s plan, see here or here.  For all FOECast posts, see here.  And for the FOECast site, here it is.

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3 Responses to FOECast ideation week, day 1: brainstorming and reflection

  1. Mark Wilson says:

    Thanks for your kind words Bryan. Yesterday at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting’s Education Panel, Dr. Michael Crow (President of Arizona State University) laid out his “future” for America’s Governors. He accurately identifies the challenges facing Higher Education. His “solutions” need to be critically engaged.
    Start at 8:30 min. for Dr. Crow, but all of the presentations are revealing.

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  3. Bringing people from around the world together to create creating an education and technology futures community is a huge task. One of the first questions I’d want to answer is “who is already doing something similar?”

    For instance, in one of my blog articles I point to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Global Goals and a Race-Poverty cMap that I created. While education and learning is a single focus in Goal 4: (Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning), learning and collaboration and effective uses of technology are critically important in achieving the other 16 goals. I point to the SGD web site in my article, but there must be many others who are focused on creating a better future.

    Building an extensive list/library of such groups could be a source of learning and a way of identifying all of the groups you’d like to have included in the FOEcast community.

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