24 Mar

My future of education

Dave Cormier and George Siemens requested help in determining the future of education. In my vision brainstorm I produced the following video response.

[HD quality available on the YouTube page]

I used the song “Learn to Fly” by Josh Woodward. It is one of my favorite songs, and I think it fits quite nicely in this context because Katie spreads her wings, looks to the future, and does not give up. The same can be said about people who want to bring about change in education or any other area. You need to be determined and not be discouraged by setbacks.

The video is licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND because some photos had the stipulation to not change them while others required the “Share alike”. The license I chose was a compromise.


The education in the future should not be a monotonous learning space, but filled with an abundance of diversely colored learning scenarios ranging from more receptive modes, e.g. the classic lecture, to highly interactive ones. Interactivity is not measured in the amount of technology used, but in the way people connect.

By then traditional forms of learning like face-to-face classrooms, blended learning courses with a teacher and tutor, online courses like Connectivism and Connective Knowledge where the lines between “teachers” and “learners” blur, or streamed presentations with a backchannel will be complemented, if not surpassed – depending on the near or distant future – by learning scenarios that are more immersive, e.g. with the help of augmented reality. And these are just formal and non-formal learning scenarios.

But, advancing technologies that I cannot even fathom now, are not the determining factor in the future of education. Much more important is the change in attitude that is needed.

I want to learn together with people inside my institution as well as outside freely. Many colleagues still work on their own and do not embrace sharing and exploring beyond their chosen field of research.

As we are engaged in lifelong learning, we should welcome the multiple faces of learning, use them plenty and not stick to a comfortable 2 or 3.

The future does not happen in the future, but it starts now with us taking small steps into the direction of the future that we envision currently to see it changed at every step.

When will you start to fly to the future?

Photo credits

(in order of appearance and on the faces scene from left to right and top to bottom)

me, OliBac, asparagus_hunter, PhotoGraham, janusz_l, nic0, Lynn (Gracie’s mom), Martin_Heigan, gilderic, onkel_wart, jazamarripae, [ piXo ], RuSt, estherase, me

Other contributions

So far I know of responses from Andreas Auwärter, Tony Hirst, Alan Levine, D’Arcy Norman, Martin Weller, David Wiley.

14 Jun

Future tweet via TwitterFox?

I know that applications like TweetLater allow you to schedule tweets that will be delivered in the future. However, I did not know that TwitterFox, my Firefox plug-in for sending tweets, can also look into the future.

The TwitterFox update that I installed today now also shows when a tweet was sent. Sweet and necessary, especially after a good night of sleep. However, I just sent a regular tweet and TwitterFox told me that it was sent “1 minute from now”. Now that is strange. Is this a bug? Earlier I only saw something like “11 seconds ago” “less than 1 minute ago”.

Am I looking into the future with TwitterFox?

Am I looking into the future with TwitterFox?

01 Jan

In the year 2030

What better way to start the year with a forecast for the coming 365 days +? Finally being able to catch up with my blog reader, I undoubtedly came across George Siemens’ post on the “Top 10 forecasts for the future” which were issued by the World Future Society.

All the mentioned trends can have an earth shattering influence, but the one that is most likely the most invasive for each person – at least in my opinion – is the first one: “Everything you say and do will be recorded by 2030.”

Though it is not said in which way all this information will be used, analyzed or even just stored and archived, this will have a major impact on our lives. Would we eventually get used to it as we are often not aware of surveillance cameras in public places? Would we care? Would we be more guarded? What about privacy? Would we be able to have an “Oops” button (see video below) to delete anything that should not be recorded?

Deb Roy from MIT can give a glimpse at the magnitude of data that can be produced though the envisioned nano devices need to use different technologies in order to avoid such huge storage needs as the Human Speechome Project required.

Deb Roy on the Human Speechome Project