Over the next few days I will be in Denver, Colorado, at the EDUCAUSE anual conference. I’ll be doing plenty of things, and hope to meet some of you, human sized or otherwise:
Tomorrow – Tuesday, October 30 – I’m leading a preconference workshop, Digital Storytelling, Educational Technology: The State of the Art. It will run from 12:30pm – 4:00pm local time. Here’s the official description:
What does digital storytelling mean for education, 25 years after its creation? This session will cover digital storytelling’s state of the art, including established practices in assessment, support, technology selection, and program development.
Mark Corbett Wilson, longtime friend of the Future Trends Forum, will co-teach the workshop, and I’m really looking forward to this collaboration.
Then this Thursday (November 1st) I’m trying an experimental session. It involves two of us, and is called The Pragmatist and the Futurist. I’m the futurist; the pragmatist is my splendid friend Michael Johnson, author, podcaster, and consultant. (Michael wears a serious beard; our initial title for this session was “Between Two Beards”) Together we’re going to explore major issues around education and technology strategy:
In this interactive conversation two experienced consultants share their observations about the emerging challenges to college and university’s sustainability in the 21st century. Their different experiences and perspective offer two distinct ways of approaching institutional sustainability. How can institutions survive and even thrive in a changing climate? How is the academic business model altering? Will institutions disappear? Will technology serve sustainability or drag it down? We also explore the changing nature of work and what that means for education. Are campuses ready to offer truly lifelong learning for adults who increasingly need to reskill? How do colleges and universities respond to the growing gig economy? How are business demands for learning changing? How do workers use technology to learn, and how can higher ed best deploy digital tools to prepare students for that experience?
This is also a Future Trends Forum live session, so we’re connecting that population interactively to the conference experience. If you’re not in Denver, you can join us here. You can add questions and comments remotely.
Meanwhile, I will be all over the conference floor, meeting people, taking in sessions. Let me know if you’re there!