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Week 1 – Siemen’s Intro (Summary)

There is an enormous array of versions on what the future of education will look like. Problem – as a teacher, leader, policy maker, its almost impossible to know which trends are important .. which ones we need to pay closer attention to then others..

Where’s the methodology for reviewing those trends?

There are methods. It begins with

  • tracking trends
  • creating patterns based on trends
  • utilizing existing stats to realize a foundation for planning for the future in education

Thinking about what that future will look like is important. It is an
important skill to learn. The ability to analyze these trends can help  prevent costly missteps .. or avoid following trends that are not likely to be supported in the end.

What’s the approach of the course?
Siemens notes that he’s been involved with Dave for awhile in realizing an open, decentralized course such as this. Such a course is designed to be filled with different voices.. invite the sharing of your ideas here or anywhere.. (encouraged to tag it with “open futures”). It will provide a basic weekly structure of

  • readings
  • videos
  • interviews
  • topics to respond to

Its success is largely determined by the participants. Both Cormier and Siemens build some of the course around what emerges from collective  participation. As discussion goes on, topics are tackled.  The course emphasizes a “data” based approach to realizing “futures” and promotes a large scale discourse for the future of education.

Posted in Education Futures, Professional-development.

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