FOECast ideation week, day 3: shaping and refining

Today, February 28, we continue our week of brainstorming a future of education project.  Yes, it’s day 3 of the FOECast ideation week!  Now we start to give forms and shapes to our previous two days’ brainstorming and reflection.

Today’s prompt is, What shape should a new effort take?

Consider what projects you’ve seen that might be good models for a future of education and technology project, both in education/technology and beyond.  Think about new models, perhaps based on new technologies or paradigms.  Also, think about features you’ve appreciated in other publications, products, or services.

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 or other platforms. If you have questions or want to make sure we see your contributions highlighted, comment on this post or ping me directly .

Don’t forget to join us for today’s videoconference discussion at 7 pm EST/12 am GMT (Zoom link).

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I’d also like to share some comments and creations that have bubbled up since yesterday.

The story so far: on Monday participants explored the Horizon Report, seeking to understand what people valued about it.  They also brought in the Open University’s “Innovating Pedagogy report” (2017) and the Israeli Center Of Research Excellence’s Learning in a NetworKed Society (LINKS): Co-creation of Knowledge in Technology-Enhanced Communities of Learning initiative.  Yesterday people examined different futuring methods that they deemed most productive.

Those explorations happened across a variety of venues.

Pat Tully wrote another blog post, comparing and reflecting on several futuring methods.  Don’t miss her conclusion: “What are those values and principles that are our lodestar, that guide us in the tools we use and how we use them?”

On the Slack channel Dave Fusco argued for a project using enterprise architecture future state models, as well as for connecting technology to business strategies.

FOECast Ideation week Google Doc day 2

Meanwhile, the Google Doc continues to host rich and energetic discussion, with around forty people writing and commenting.  The conversation hasn’t been confined to the prompts’ schedule, but races ahead to tomorrow’s topics while still fermenting Monday’s.  On methods, yesterday’s prompt, here are some suggestions:

  • surveying the community
  • back-tracking to see how previous forecasts turned out, so we can hone our approach
  • regular trends analysis with checkable data
  • track forecasts in the world; analyze these
  • “a concentric circle approach of experts” starting small, then growing

In particular, people offered different models for the size of a team conducting futuring work.  They ranged from small (a core team of experts, an expert panel) to medium (a Delphi group) to large (a community, or everybody).

Here are some other fascinating ideas:

  • Hosting regular discussions in response to deep questions, like Edge does
  • A funnel strategy, with an accepted group taking first whack at forecasting, then opening it up to a broader community
  • Something to give to non-techie stakeholders and decision-makers
  • Creating something small, accessible, evidence-based, and concentrated
  • Two tracks: a data track and a narrative approach

Now, onwards to shapes and forms for a futures project!  Ideate, discuss, dream large, and enjoy.

For the week’s plan, see here.  For all FOECast posts, see here.

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