Open Course on Future(s) in Education – sponsored by AACE

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online course (no fee) begins April 19, 2010


Dave Cormier (UPEI) and George Siemens (Athabasca






Discussions and proclamations of the future of education,
learning, training, and development are popular topics at conferences and in
publications. For educators, leaders, and administrators, it’s easy to
“get lost” in the numerous predictions. What is the next wave of
technological change? Are learners really different today? Is our current model
of education unsustainable? What can educators do to anticipate and respond to

This course will utilize methods of futures thinking to
explore a variety of trends and statistics and provide a series of potential
scenarios and future directions. Participants will be actively involved in
tracking critical trends, exploring their educational impact, and plan for ways
to prepare for important changes.

Week 1: An introduction to trends and futures thinking:
What and Why
Week 2:Creative and innovative thinking
Week 3:How do people decide?
Week 4:Trend Tracking
Week 5: Futures Thinking
Week 6:Data Sources
Week 7:Art as sensemaking
Week 8: Scenario Generation & Analysis

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