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Five ed-tech stories to watch for 2010 -- from
These developments could affect school technology in 2010 and beyond.

New Directions and a New Decade for E-Learning: 12 Predictions -- from E-Learning Queen


Augmented Reality -- the Future of Education

The Road Ahead -- from Campus Technology
Three higher ed IT leaders weigh in on what it means to be 'chief information officer' now and in the future

The Decade Ahead in Higher EdTech -- by Mark Smithers
Having said all that I think we are likely to see the rise of a simple, free, open global LMS that will mashup open education resources, social learning and real time and asynchronous discussions [emphasis DSC] between 2012 and 2015. Think of it as an open, searchable combination of user contributed content and social networking, using Twitter, Facebook and open educational resources.

Assistive Technology -- Technology Predictions for 2010


Trends and technology timeline 2010 -- from


The top 10 trends for the 2010s: the most exciting decade in human history -- from Ross Dawson
In his excellent book The Meaning of the 21st Century, James Martin asks when in human history you would most like to be alive.

For me there is no question that it is now. The coming decade will be the most exciting in human history. The very challenging year of 2009 that we are preparing to bid farewell to helped to tear up the fairly linear progress of the first decade of the century. Now, technological and social change are poised to accelerate far beyond what we have become accustomed to.

A critical uncertainty is how well we will respond to this extraordinary pace of change, both as individuals and as societies. Will we be able to adapt and change, or will severe dysfunctions emerge? Just one dimension is the manifold ethical dilemmas that are raised by gaining extraordinary technological capabilities.

Here are the ten trends that I believe will be most fundamental to the decade ahead. I hope to present these and associated trends in an interactive visual format before long. For now, here are the 10 trends for 2010.

New Resources for 2010! An Educator's Guide to VoiceThread and an Intro to VoiceThread, V 2.0 -- from MPB Reflections

Top Internet Trends 2010: A Guide To The Best Predictions From The Web - Part 1 -- from Robin Good

Top Internet Trends 2010: A Guide To The Best Predictions From The Web - Part 2 -- from Robin Good

Thoughts for 2010 -- the first of many -- from Andy Black
Predictions/comments for 2010...things will be:

  • Embedded. Connectivity via wifi or via the humble sim card will become the norm in sat navs, digital photoframes and importantly TV's.
  • Whats Television the fragmentation on what is television will continue ,
  • Transferable media will be transferable via WiFi ,Near Field Communication (NFC) in its various flavours Jet stream transferring data over very short distances at 530Mbsec  is one that appears in well known brands of laptops and TVs.
  • HTML 5 wil appear giving much of the offline functionally of google gears and the like ( google think so they have stopped developing gears).
  • Ambient this is a wierd one wearable, Context and location aware .
  • Integrated technology will not only as now appear in the home but me much more widely integrated
  • Green a difficult one but manufacturers have got get real and they are. power management, kit life has got be extended.


Dive into the Future of Learning -- from


Semantic Web 3.0 -- from The Center for Internet Research

What Technology Will Bring to the Next Decade -- from by Jessica Mintz
Look back at how far computers and other personal technologies have come in the last 10 years, and it's easy to see why it's so difficult to predict where they'll go over the next decade. Best guess: Look for more data to be available at any time, more information accessible through speedier devices, a greater reliance on the cloud, and technologies that work away quietly in the background.


2010 Consumer Tech Trends - Ethan Lyon, Sparxoo -- quote below and resource from Ray Schroeder
Imagine a search engine that understands more than your search query, it understands your personality. Or, imagine never leaving your inbox — search, play games, collaborate, work, all in one location. We have examined the emerging and established consumer technologies from the past year to project what we should expect in 2010. Already, we’re starting to see incredible paradigm shifts in real-time consumer technology (think Google Wave) and explosive growth in crowdsourcing. As we approach 2010, we are entering a new age of consumer technology were the web is the operating system and information is now.


College Admissions - The Stars Might Lie, But The Numbers Never Do -- from by Rodney Johnson

So while the numbers look good today, colleges should be doing some very focused strategic planning for tomorrow.

Going Global: Culture Shock, Convergence and the Future of Education -- from 2009 Pre-conference Keynote for the K12 Online Conference 2009

Evaluating My 2009 Predictions -- from by Joshua Kim
One year ago I made a series of 8 predictions for learning technology in 2009. Below are the predictions, with an accompanying evaluation...

From DSC:
I post this because Joshua is probably right on regarding many of these trends. The timing may be off on some of them (as he mentions), but the trends are worth periodically doing a pulse-check on.


Creating the Future of Media: 4 Driving Forces, 4 Strategic Issues, 4 Essential Capabilities -- from Ross Dawson

How To Design Schools And A New Education System For The Future: A Video Interview With George Siemens -- from Robin Good

Video interview withi George Siemens on the future of education


21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade -- from The Business Insider
Along these lines, also see:
21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020 -- from TeachPaperless


Brace yourself for the real-time Web -- from CNN by Pete Cashmore

The next generation of computer interfaces will bring together the physical and digital worlds -- from Ross Dawson


The Future of the Multiversity -- from Chief Learning Officer
Learning and business executives who are successful in developing a multiversity, and not just a training organization, should be aware of the scope and power of what they are creating. In an era when the answer to the majority of a student’s content questions is 0.27 seconds away via a search engine, the heritage of the traditional university as a “brain dump” by renowned professors is becoming increasingly irrelevant. What organizations and nations in the knowledge economy require instead are people capable of engaging in rigorous, cross-disciplinary problem formulation and collaborative work to solve those problems. That’s what a corporate multiversity can deliver, if organizations and their executives are willing to step up to the opportunity.

The future of video and man-machine interfaces -- from Ross Dawson

10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2010 -- from by Ravit Lichtenberg from

Related posting, as this will continue in 2010:
Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning -- Dave Cormier and George Siemens
The recordings for all sessions, including December's, are available here. We are continuing the series in 2010 and will provide more information on dates soon.

Top 10 Ways Social Media Will Impact Employee Development and Training in 2010 -- from by Renée Robbins
  • Microblogging
  • Text and voice
  • Networks
  • Forums
  • Blogs
  • Video
  • Webcasting
  • Wiki
  • Google Wave
  • Smart Phone applications

4 tech trends to watch -- from by Michael V. Copeland, senior writer
Tech investing is all about the next big thing. Here are the trends that could really pay off:

  1. On-demand software
  2. The rise of the smartphone
  3. Data, data, everywhere
  4. Electricity gets smart

Also see:
Ambient Insight CEO Presents Key Findings on Mobile Learning -- by Sam S. Adkins, Chief Research Officer


Some more (social media) predictions for 2010 -- from Jane Hart

5 Higher Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2010 -- from by Bridget McCrea

  1. More Interactive Classrooms
  2. More Information at Your Fingertips
  3. Mashed-Up Technologies
  4. Breaking Out of Technology Isolation
  5. Capabilities That Go Beyond 1:1


10 Web trends to watch in 2010 -- from CNN by Pete Cashmore

2010 Horizon Report: Preview

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

 Mobile Computing
 Open Content

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years

 Electronic Books
 Simple Augmented Reality

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

 Gesture-Based Computing
 Visual Data Analysis


The Future of Online Learning -- from MVU Online Learning Symposium - 12-2-09


2020 Visionaries -- from The Futurist

Remaking Education for a New Century -- from The Futurist
Communications scholar Janna Anderson is charting a new path for education outside of the classroom.

Literary Learning in the Hyperdigital Age -- from The Futurist by Mark Bauerlein
From DSC: I don't agree with much of what Mark says on his site, but I need to post both sides of the coin here.

Webinars from:
The Future of Education: Charting the Course of Teaching and Learning in a Networked World

  • 12/1 1pm Pacific Time (US): Join me for a live and interactive hour with Dan Willingham to discuss his book "Why Don't Students Like School?" The book has been called "brilliant" (Wall Street Journal) and "a triumph" (Washington Post).

  • 12/2 7pm Pacific Time (US): Science Inquiry and Real World Data Sources, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's EXCEL Center and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. A discussion of the integration of authentic data in science inquiry with Dr. Stephanie Slater (University of Wyoming).

  • 12/3 5pm Pacific Time (US): Join me for a live and interactive hour with Curtis Bonk, author of The World Is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education.

  • 12/5 9am Pacific Time (US): The weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE show focuses on "Learning Games Network and Caduceus" with Alex Chisholm and Wade Munday. Alex and Wade share information on the Learning Games Network, a series of events using games in the classroom as learning tools and Caduceus, a learning game built as part of Children's Hospital Boston's "Generation Cures" initiative.

    Coming Up Next Week: Interview with Director/Producer Rachel Dretzin of the PBS FRONTLINE Digital Nation project | Angela Maiers on "Classroom Habitudes" | Elizabeth Kanna on "Virtual Schooling"



DianaThe Future of Higher Education -- from Educause by Diana Oblinger
Session Type: Teaching and Learning; from Educause recording
The economic downturn and society-wide changes catalyzed by information technology (disintermediation, consumerization, and so forth) are causing many colleges and universities to question what the future of higher education in the digital age will be. Many historic challenges persist, such as cost, access, retention, and graduation rates. The digital age offers new opportunities (for example, online learning) as well as threats (for example, competition from other providers). IT is a tool that can help address these challenges, but it may also change how we frame the future. This presentation will explore common themes emerging worldwide, including cloud computing, identity management, analytics, and open educational resources.


Item below from Links to facilities planning materials -- by Doug Johnson

Design Share

From DSC:
I'm inserting this here for access to the monthly newsletters...not for the 2nd edition (which is back from 2005).


Class of 2013

Virtual Classrooms Could Create a Marketplace for Knowledge
-- from the New York Times
Teacherless or virtual-teacher learning is described by enthusiasts as a revolution in the making. Until now, they say, education has been a seller’s market. You beg to get in to college. Deans decide what you must know. They prevent you from taking better courses elsewhere. They set prices high to subsidize unprofitable activities. Above all, they exclude most humans from their knowledge — the poor, the old, people born in the wrong place, people with time-consuming children and jobs.

Champions of digital learning want to turn teaching into yet another form of content. Allow anyone anywhere to take whatever course they want, whenever, over any medium, they say. Make universities compete on quality, price and convenience. Let students combine credits from various courses into a degree by taking an exit exam. Let them live in Paris, take classes from M.I.T. and transfer them to a German university for a diploma.

“This is putting the consumer in charge as opposed to putting the supplier in charge,” said Scott McNealy, the chairman of Sun Microsystems, the technology giant, and an influential proponent of this approach. He founded Curriki, an online tool for sharing lesson plans and other materials, and was an early investor in the Western Governors University, which delivers degrees online.

From DSC:
Students will demand better in the future. If we don't give it to them, they will go elsewhere. Our offerings must be relevant, accessible, affordable, and engaging.

NOTE: Using technology to electronically deliver education does NOT prohibit a live human from being involved! The role of what a "teacher" is may change along the lines of a guide...a mentor...a person who steers others in the right direction. For example, provide live tutors -- so using technology and involving human beings are NOT mutually exclusive!

Psalm 119:105

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."

Web 2.0 in Education -- by Steve Hargadon

Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education -- social networking whitepaper from Elluminate by Steve Hargadon
...discusses social networking, Web 2.0, the emergence of educational networking, and its adoption for personal learning. The paper also looks at how the LearnCentral social learning network is providing a platform for professional development for educators on a global level.

Future Of Learning: A Video Interview With Curtis Bonk -- from Robin Good's Latest News
What does the future of learning look like? What is going to change in the future of our education systems? What role will new media technologies play in the way you and I will share knowledge and skills in the near future? If you want to see a glimpse of how you can impact the way in which you and your kids are going to learn in the future, check out this video interview.

Learning in 2020 -- by George Siemens

Web 2.0 plays to the strengths of educators — curiosity and love of learning — by opening the doors to collaboration and participation. It encourages and facilitates the natural desire to share what you know and to learn from your colleagues. And fully embracing Web 2.0 is a logical extension of the attempts that so many educators have made to use the Internet to connect, collaborate, and create since the first days of bulletin boards and listserves. So for many educators, it’s an incredibly exciting time. But it may also be confusing and even intimidating to a larger number. My purpose here is to offer some clarity around the confusion, and, more importantly, explain why the excitement around Web 2.0 is not just a passing fad, but is grounded in the deep roots of how we learn.


What’s New Inside Microsoft Office 2010 -- from Digital Inspiration

#1. Save Office Documents to the Cloud
#2. Embed Web Videos in your Presentations
#3. Quick Steps in Outlook
#4. Built-in PDF Writer
#5. Document printing made simple!
#6. Broadcast Slideshows within PowerPoint
#7. Video Editing meets PowerPoint
#8. Distribute your slides as video
#9. Built-in Screen Capture
#10. Outlook gets social

HTML5: The Web Beyond Web 2.0 -- from The Journal by Ruth Reynard
And the potential impact of Google Wave on instruction

While current distance and online education uses chat technology for real time connection as an augmentation to asynchronous exchange, the future will have immediacy as central to every exchange. The future will also have actual realities being exchanged and developed as ideas are immediately applied and integrated into reality development. Therefore students will not be passive receptors of anything but will rather be fully engaged in all processes of exchange and will also be central to the development of their own learning--customized learning at its fullest.

As always, the bigger challenge will be to educators themselves and to accrediting bodies who will probably lag in their acceptance and understanding of the technology. Our challenge, as educators and co-learners with students, is to engage sooner rather than later and while there is still time to influence emerging technology uses for better instruction.


Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning -- from Virtual School Symposium 2009 Overlay

Key emerging trends for online learning?

  • We haven’t addressed the mobile device and we know it is what students want – might not be 2010 but in 18 months we will see mobile devices
  • We will continue to see the conversation changing from what is it to how we manage it
  • We will see integration into special education in much greater numbers
  • We will see more states require online learning experience - MI, AL already have this
  • Several different waves are coming – growth in elementary, blended learning – adults needing a high school diploma are a huge audience coming to virtual schools
  • Within corporate training, we will see more cohort based collaborative learning in the corporate world
  • More multiple pathways to learning – more ability to just in time resources to support the learning that needs to happen for students
  • All states will finally have online learning and the discussion will dramatically change

    This is the wave, the wave is coming – you either ride the wave or wipe out! [emphasis in bold red by DSC]

Keeping pace with K-12 online learning


The Teachers of 2030



Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2010 -- from Gartner Newsroom (back on 10/20/09) -- resource from BizDeansTalk blog. Analysts Examine Latest Industry Trends During Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, October 18-22, in Orlando.


Pillars of Institutional Pedagogy: Ten Principles for the Future of Learning -- from The Macarthur Foundation's "The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age"
  1. Self-Learning
  2. Horizontal Structures
  3. From Presumed Authority to Collective Credibility
  4. A De-Centered Pedagogy
  5. Networked Learning
  6. Open Source Education
  7. Learning as Connectivity and Interactivity
  8. Lifelong Learning
  9. Learning Institutions as Mobilizing Networks
  10. Flexible Scalability and Simulation


When Everything is Programmable Digital Stories -- from The Institute for the Future
The Technology Horizons program created a digital story in three parts to accompany their research for their 2009 Fall exchange, When Everything is Programmable. The story follows Omar—a doctor working at Seattle Grace in about 2019—as he moves through his day and interacts with our programmable future. Each of the videos represent a different segment of Technology Horizons fall map: Part 1 embodies forecasts around Self, Part 2 for Society, and Part 3 for Environment.

The story follows Omar—a doctor working at Seattle Grace in about 2019...


LMS 3.0 -- from by Kenneth Green
In a thoughtful commentary published in Inside Higher Ed earlier this year, my friend and colleague Lev Gonick, vice president and CIO at Case Western Reserve University, proclaimed that “course management systems are dead; long live course management systems.” This was one of his eleven IT predictions for 2009.

At a time when the Course or Learning Management System (LMS) has become an embedded, if not indeed an essential, element of the college experience for students across all sectors of American higher education, Gonick’s proclamation seemed, at face value, contrarian. But Lev focused his assessment primarily on the fate of proprietary systems (read Angel, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn):

"Proprietary course management systems are heading for a brick wall. The combination of economic pressures combined with saturated markets and the maturing stage of the life cycle of these once innovative platforms means that 2009 may well be the year of change or a year of serious planning for change.

Relatively inexpensive and feature-comparable open source alternatives, combined with some now learned experience in the process of transition from closed to open systems for the inventory of repeating courses, makes real change in this once bedrock of education technology a growing possibility. As product managers and management view these trend lines, I think we might see incumbent players make a valiant effort to re-invent themselves before the market drops out from underneath them. Look for the number of major campuses moving (or making serious threats to move) from closed systems to open ones to climb in the year ahead."


The Future Of The Web: Where Will We Be In Five Years? -- from Noupe by vitaly


New Millennium Learners in Higher Education: Evidence and Policy Implications -- by Eva Szalma
This document is an excerpt of Chapter 5 in the upcoming CERI volume on Technology in Higher
Education in the Higher Education to 2030 series, which takes a forward-looking approach to analysing the impact of various contemporary trends on tertiary education systems. Developing a Great Experience -- from

Coming in November -- Smart.FM for your iPhone

If a user leaves the game, either by returning to browse goals or by quitting the app then their state needs to be saved and resumed at a later time. In addition, the user’s study progress needs to be synced back to the web site so that they can continue learning on a PC. And wait! What if the user studied that same goal, or another one in the mean time… download that progress and figure out the user’s total progress across all goals. And wait! Since goals are “alive” other users might have added new items, so download them too

....the [] iPhone app has been submitted to Apple and is very close to being in your hands. Screenshots of the app are available at Early in November we anticipate seeing a smiling owl sitting in the iTunes app store.


Microsoft: Future Vision for Learning


What Will Surgery Look Like in the Future? -- from The Committed Sardine

robotic surgery


Coming Soon: A Smarter Internet -- from The Futurist
Less Web searching, more Web finding. Also see


More professional development is NOT the answer!

Back to the future: Imagining the future of Canadian post-secondary education -- from University Affairs
It wouldn’t be an anniversary celebration without a look ahead. For this we asked higher-education adviser Alex Usher to imagine some of the major trends and events that might influence Canadian universities in the 21st century. In a twist of perspective, he catapults himself into the year 2034 and looks back over the intervening 25 years since University Affairs celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Looming Disruptions to the Software Industry -- from Jason Kolb
While it's fun to talk about these things in the conceptual sense, I think it's more practical to get down to brass tacks and figure out the specifics as much as possible.  Here are a few things that I've come up with so far, would be interested to see if anyone else can add to this list:

  • Applications will be much less visible.  By being participants in a conversation it's natural that applications would work within the existing conversation environment, extending it where necessary.  The measure of an application's user-friendliness will now be how well it integrates into a conversation.  The days of going to a distinct URL to use software are numbered.
  • Service applications will grow like wildfire.  Some applications no longer need an interface at all, you will simply add them to the conversation and they will do things in the background.  For example, adding a text analysis service to a conversation would only require adding it to the conversation, along with its output.  Twitter has shown some of this potential, but only the amount that's allowed by its restrictive architecture, API, and medium--that is, not much.  You can count on every Twitter application being rewritten to watch conversation hubs.
  • Applications will be seen more as components, or capabilities, than distinct and unique units of software.  Because of the lack of a need for an extensive user interface, and the fact that deployment is as simple as adding an application to a conversation, the very idea of what software is morphs into a capability that you add to your communications rather than software that you purchase and download, or sign up for and
  • True object-oriented applications will become a reality.  Call me archaic, but I hate the current MVC architecture that we're stuck with to get around the limitations of the disconnected Web.  It sucks; sorry, face it.  With all applications effectively on the same message bus now, and sockets in the browser with HTML5, and linked data on the back-end, true distributed object-oriented programming in the client is closer than you think.  Praise God.
  • The conversation container will become the new AppStore.  Adding capabilities to a conversation requires that you be able to find that software and import it into the conversation.  The conversation container is king in this respect.  There's a big potential here for conversation containers to displace the iTunes App Store as the hottest new software distribution channel.  I would be shocked if Google isn't already looking at this--if they have the pre-eminent conversation container then they have an opportunity to displace Apple in the App Store business.

Futurist proved correct! …and today describes the extraordinary social technologies of 2016 (release) -- from Ross Dawson
Seven years ago, in his prescient book Living Networks, global leading futurist Ross Dawson accurately described the networked world of today, anticipating social networks, Twitter, corporate blogging, crowd-sourcing, personalised advertising, virtual personal assistants and much else that is now familiar to us. Today, he offers insights into the extraordinary world of technology we will experience seven years into the future.

Ross’s forecasts for 2016 include:

  • Many people will wear video glasses as they commute and walk around, experiencing new forms of television, news updates, and detailed information about the world around them and people they meet.
  • Lifestreaming’ will be commonplace, in which we capture, store and share on social networks almost continuous videos, photos, sounds and conversations from our everyday lives.
  • We will have natural telephone conversations with computers, with almost all call centre staff replaced by automated systems.
  • Public measures of individual reputation will guide who we hire, do business with, and go on dates with.
  • Over 40% of adults will work independently rather than as company employees, many providing services to organisations all over the world instead of commuting to an office every day.
  • A next generation of ‘thought interfaces’ will allow us to control our computers just by thinking. While the technology will still be relatively basic, we will have begun to merge machines and humans


The Semantic Web Cometh – 2 -- from the Upside Learning Solutions Blog
"While individuals currently build a knowledge network using services like iGoogle or feed-manager, the semantic web will mark a drastic change – moving from services to subjects and content types. Personal learning agent software will trawl through all semantically available content on the networks identifying content and creating a content synthesis just for the personal learning need at that time. Similar to what I mentioned in my previous post, a report would include all possible networked sources of information. We’ll spend less time looking for information and more time actually engaging with, learning from and ultimately extend it to the workplace or life in general. It is the semantic web that will finally make the web an effective information repository, easily configured for learning."


The future is just like the past (but shinier) -- from Seth Godin

Of course, it's not true. The record business, for example, is fundamentally altered by easily sharable, zero-incremental-cost digital files. It's not just vinyl but shiny.

Your industry has been completely and permanently altered by the connections offered by the internet. Your non-profit, your political campaign, your service business. Not a little different, not just email enabled or website marketed, but overhauled.

Unfortunately, that's hard to embrace. But it's still true. What are you going to do about it? If you were starting your business today, knowing what you know now, how would you do things (very) differently?


From DSC:
This is where we are headed -- at least in part -- personlized, tailored, multimedia-based learning -- with detailed reporting. As a mechanic relies on his or her tools and specialized equipment to locate an issue, such will be the tools that empower teachers and students to identify and resolve learning issues.


Future Exploration Network


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Libraries of the Future -- from
NEW YORK CITY — The university library of the future will be sparsely staffed, highly decentralized, and have a physical plant consisting of little more than special collections and study areas.

That's what Daniel Greenstein, vice provost for academic planning and programs at the University of California System, told a room full of university librarians Wednesday at Baruch College of City University of New York, where the higher education technology group Ithaka held a meeting to discuss "sustainable scholarship."

“We're already starting to see a move on the part of university libraries... to outsource virtually all the services it has developed and maintained over the years,” Greenstein said. Now, with universities everywhere still ailing from last year's economic meltdown, administrators are more likely than ever to explore the dramatic restructuring of library operations.

Within the decade, he said, groups of universities will have shared print and digital repositories where they store books they no longer care to manage. “There are national discussions about how and to what extent we can begin to collaborate institutionally to share the cost of storing and managing books,” he said. “That trend should keeping continuing as capital funding is scarce, as space constraints are severe, especially on urban campuses — and, frankly, as funding needs to flow into other aspects of the academic program.”

Under such a system, individual university libraries would no longer have to curate their own archives in order to ensure the long-term viability of old texts, Greenstein said. “What is the proportion of a library budget that is just consumed by the care and cleaning of books?” he said. “It's not a small number.”


Futures Thinking: The Basics -- from by Jamais Cascio
The first in an occasional series about the tools and methods for thinking about the future in a structured, useful way.

From DSC:
It is CRITICAL that we constantly scan the environments/landscapes out there and try to peer into the future. Why? So that we are not broadsided!


Forecast #197 Ways to Spot Tomorrow’s Trends Today -- from The Futurist
In the more than 40 years since the World Future Society was founded, futurists have developed a range of techniques to study the future. Here are a few techniques futurist use to spot new opportunities and potential problems. These methods give individuals and organizations an edge to help them succeed in a fast-changing world:

  1. Scan the Media to Identify Trends—Futurists often conduct an ongoing and systematic surveys of news media and research institutes. These surveys help spot significant trends and technology breakthroughs. Futurists call this environmental scanning.
  2. Analyze and Extrapolate Trends—After the trends are identified, the next step is to plot the trends to show their direction and development into the future. Trend analysis and extrapolation can show the nature, causes, speed, and potential impacts of trends.
  3. Develop Scenarios—Futurists often describe the future development of a trend, a strategy, or a wild-card event in story form. These scenarios can paint a vivid picture that can help you visualize possible future developments and show how you can prepare effectively for future risks and opportunities. Scenarios help you to blend what you know about the future with imagination about the uncertain. Scenarios help you move from dreaming to planning and then to accomplishment.
  4. Ask Groups of Experts—Futurists also conduct “Delphi Polls” which are carefully structured surveys of experts. Polling a wide range of experts in a given field can yield accurate forecasts and suggestions for action.
  5. Use Computer Modeling—Futurists often use computer models to simulate the behavior of a complex system under a variety of conditions. For example, a model of the U.S. economy might show the effects of a 10 percent increase in taxes.
  6. Explore Possibilities with Simulations—Futurists create simulations of a real-world situations by means of humans playing different roles. For example, in war games, generals test out tactics they may later use on the battlefield, or corporate executives can explore the possible results of competitive strategies.
  7. Create the Vision—Futurists help organizations and individuals systematically develop visions of a desirable future. Visioning creates the big picture of the possibilities and prepares the way for goal setting and planning.


Learning & Development 2020 – almost passed me by -- Clive Sheperd

Learning & Development in 2020


The Future of Higher Education -- from Educause by Diana Oblinger
The economic downturn and society-wide changes catalyzed by information technology (disintermediation, consumerization, and so forth) are causing many colleges and universities to question what the future of higher education in the digital age will be. Many historic challenges persist, such as cost, access, retention, and graduation rates. The digital age offers new opportunities (for example, online learning) as well as threats (for example, competition from other providers). IT is a tool that can help address these challenges, but it may also change how we frame the future. This presentation will explore common themes emerging worldwide, including cloud computing, identity management, analytics, and open educational resources.


Symposium Teaser Video -- from by Alan Levine
As part of the promotion of the Symposium, we created this video to spread the word and ask the question, "What is Our Future?"

2009 NMC Symposium for the Future


Learning in the Year 2019? -- from Elliot Masie
Your brainstorms please! Here is a fascinating question to ask yourself and colleagues: "What Will Learning Be Like in 2019" It is 10 years from now! What changes in process, models, technology and assumptions will occur for Learning by the year 2019? Please take a minute and do some free-form Brainstorming. Just go to and add your thoughts.


Forecast: Cost Cutting Will Drive Open Source Growth -- from The Journal by Jeffrey Schwartz


College of 2020

"The full-time residential model of higher education is getting too expensive for a larger share of the American population. More and more students are looking for lowercost alternatives to attending college. Three-year degree programs, which some colleges are now launching, will almost assuredly proliferate. The trend toward low-cost options also will open doors for more inexpensive online options."

"Colleges that have resisted putting some of their courses online will almost certainly have to expand their online programs quickly. Many colleges are learning from the for-profit college industry that they must start courses and certificate programs at multiple times throughout the year."

"The conversion to more convenience for students will multiply over the next decade. To some degree, those situations are already happening, and they will be amplified as time goes on:

  • Students will increasingly expect access to classes from cellular phones and other portable computing devices.
  • They may sign up to take a course in person, and then opt to monitor class meetings online and attend whenever they want.
  • Classroom discussions, office hours with a professor, lectures, study groups, and papers will all be online."

"Colleges will need to offer those options in addition to face-to-face instruction."

"Colleges are only slowly waking up to the need for substantial change. Admissions officers who are members of a Chronicle Research panel expect significant changes over the next decade in the makeup of their student bodies. Of the 121 institutions that responded to a survey, two-thirds said that almost all of their students were full time and ages 18 to 25. Those characteristics will change. Only about half the institutions believe that in 2020 their enrollments will be primarily made up of traditional-age, full-time students. By 2020, almost a third of respondents said, students will be taking up to 60 percent of their courses entirely online. Now almost no students at those colleges take courses only online."


Funny Look at the Future -- from Kapp Notes by Karl Kapp
Spending a lot of time thinking about the future of learning and the future of technology, it is nice to be grounded every once in a while. Here is a short little video that is funny and grounding. (Some implied swearing but nothing audible...its beeped)


Conceptualising tommorrow’s classroom -- from Teaching and learning design - Dean Groom by dskmag

Apprehending the Future: Emerging Technologies, from Science Fiction to Campus Reality -- from Educause by Bryan Alexander

  • The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the Internet for most people in the world in 2020.
  • The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness.
  • Talk and touch user-interfaces with the Internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020.
  • Those working to enforce intellectual property law and copyright protection will remain in a continuing "arms race," with the crackers who will find ways to copy and share content without payment.
  • The divisions between "personal" time and work time and between physical and virtual reality will be further erased for everyone who's connected, and the results will be mixed in terms of social relations.
  • Next-generation engineering of the network to improve the current Internet architecture is more likely than an effort to rebuild the architecture from scratch.

Gaming the Futures: Prediction Markets
Role-Playing Futures: Scenarios
Building Networks for Worlds Unborn: Crowdsourcing

Surveying the literature, J. Scott Armstrong, a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, deduced a series of nine top-level best practices that can help improve accuracy across forecasting methods:

  1. Match the forecasting method to the situation
  2. Use domain knowledge
  3. Structure the problem
  4. Model experts' forecasts
  5. Represent the problem realistically
  6. Use causal models when you have good information
  7. Use simple quantitative methods
  8. Be conservative when uncertain
  9. Combine forecasts


Ericsson's view of Life in 2020

Ericsson's view of Life in 2020


The Future of Learning Instititutions in a Digital Age In this report, Cathy Davidson and David Theo Goldberg focus on the potential for shared and interactive learning made possible by the Internet. They argue that the single most important characteristic of the Internet is its capacity for world-wide community and the limitless exchange of ideas.

The Internet brings about a way of learning that is not new or revolutionary but is now the norm for today’s graduating high school and college classes. It is for this reason that Davidson and Goldberg call on us to examine potential new models of digital learning and rethink our virtually enabled and enhanced learning institutions.

"We contend that the future of learning institutions demands a deep, epistemological appreciation of the profundity of what the Internet offers
humanity as a model of a learning institution."

"We are at an early and fast-changing moment in the development of online collaborative forms."

"Most fundamental to such a change is the understanding that participatory learning is about a process and not always a final product. We are concerned here not just with a prognostication about future institutions for learning, but with considering, even with projecting, how learning happens today—not in some distant utopian or dystopian future."

Pillars of Institutional Pedagogy: Ten Principles for the Future of Learning

1. Self-Learning
2. Horizontal Structures
3. From Presumed Authority to Collective Credibility
4. A De-Centered Pedagogy
5. Networked Learning
6. Open Source Education
7. Learning as Connectivity and Interactivity
8. Lifelong Learning
9. Learning Institutions as Mobilizing Networks
10. Flexible Scalability and Simulation


Frontline's "Digital Nation" Project with Producer/Director Rachel Dretzin -- from
Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 3pm GMT (next day)
Length: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at
Join us as we talk with producer/director Rachel Dretzin about PBS FRONTINE’s “Digital Nation” project, and specifically what the educational community can do to be a part of it. “Digital Nation” is a multiplatform documentary initiative that explores how the Web and digital media are impacting the way we think, learn and interact. The project will unfold through a series of online video reports and user-submitted stories that will springboard into a documentary to air winter 2010. Topics will include education and technology, human development, online privacy, virtual worlds and online games, technology in the military, digital media in the workplace and more.


I’ve Seen the Future and the Future is Us (Using Google) -- from The End in Mind by Jon Mott


In Global Recession, Global Ed Still Growing -- from
“Many predict that by 2020, from a year 2000 base, global higher education demand for seats will double to 200 million. This suggests to me that we are in a growth market,” Hudzik said. “We’re at about 110 or 115 right now, there’s a lot of growth and maybe we won't hit 200, but it's still growing.”


How to Recognize The Future When It Lands On You -- from


McLuhan on "The Future of Education: The Class of 1989" -- from Norm Friesen

This vintage McLuhan article was originally published in the now-defunct magazine, LOOK (sort of like Life magazine). With predictions of the end of the school and the university still being widely circulated today, it is well worth a (re)read. There are many startling statements and predictions that can be read in different ways. But one of the most astonishing things is the similarity of many arguments made by McLuhan in 1967 to those still made today, 42 years later:

  • that schools are as outmoded as the mass production model on which they are based; and that forms of “mass customization” promise a radically different educational approach
  • that "the demands, the very nature of this age of new technology and pervasive electric circuitry... will [unavoidably] shape education's future"
  • that “the walls between school and world will continue to blur”
  • that "Future educators will value, not fear, fresh approaches, new solutions."

Are McLuhan's statements prescient, premature, preposterous, or all of the above? What does this say about current predictions? Decide for yourself. Being a part of the (BA[hons]) class of 1989 myself, I found it fascinating.


Where is Everyone? -- by Thomas Baekdal
These days, everyone is trying to figure out how to connect with other people. It used to be simply, you just placed some ads in whatever newspaper that was most suited to your product, but now that world is becoming ever more irrelevant. So how do you connect with other people today? And more importantly, how do you do it tomorrow?

In this article, we are going to take a little tour through the history of information - or more specifically where to focus efforts if you want get in touch with other people. It is really exciting time, because we are currently in the middle of the most drastic change since the invention of the newspaper.

We are seeing an entirely new way for people to interact. One that makes all traditional ways seem silly. It is a fundamental shift, and it will completely change the world as we know it. And the best thing about it is that you get to help make it happen.

So join me on this tour of the last 210 years of information + 10 more years into the future.


...then later on ...




The future of learning -- from Design 4 Learning Blog

Future of Learning


Michael Horn on Disrupting Class -- from The Future of Education is Here, by Colleen Girten
Steve Hargadon spoke with Michael Horn, co-author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns with Clayton Christensen. Disrupting Class uses the theories of disruptive innovation to identify the root causes of schools’ struggles and suggests a path forward to customize an education for every child in the way she learns. Listen to the full recording of the interview.


MOCOM 2020 - Future Vision Video



Contrasting Visions of the Library of the Future -- from UK Web Focus by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus)


2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning

We invite you to join us in exploring key forces of change that will shape the landscape of learning over the next decade. The 2020 Forecast highlights how we are moving toward a culture of creation and innovation. To be successful in tomorrow's new economy, today's students will have to be able to learn and adapt quickly and frequently. For this reason, we at KnowledgeWorks are working to transform education in the US from a world of schooling to a world of learning [emphasis DSC].

This world calls not for better schools, but for entirely new kinds of learning environments [emphasis DSC]. To be successful in it, tomorrow’s learners will not just need better teachers; they will need guides who take on fundamentally different roles. We hope that you will join us in using the 2020 Forecast to support your visioning and strategic planning and in spreading the word to others. To start exploring, visit

PDF file:
2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning

Radically different world


Futurism as seen from the outside -- from, by Glen Hiemstra
Nice intro to futurism by blogger Alex Marshall. He gives good props for what we do. He especially highlights an article on 11 trends to pay attention to, written clear back in 2006 but still a relevant demo of foresight. I’d tell Alex that scifi can be respectable. In fact, I find that good scifi writers like our own Brenda Cooper, or David Brin, or Greg Bear, or Kim Stanley Robinson, or Bruce Sterling, or many others do a better job than the average futurist of extrapolating near term science into possible and probable futures. Be sure to include them on your reading list.

Eleven Events, Trends and Developments that Will Change Your Life -- from, published in 2006


Higher Education to 2030 (Vol. 1): Demography -- from OECD


Iowa - A robust system of online learning -- from Dangerously Irrelevant by Scott McLeod

"In addition to creating statewide virtual schools, states are enacting a number of other policies to facilitate online learning. For example, both Michigan and Alabama now have state laws requiring that students have an online learning experience before they graduate. Florida recently passed a law requiring every school district to provide online courses (either itself or by contracting with others) for its K-8 students."

From DSC:
This move towards legislative action to insure every student has at least some exposure to online education may very well be a part of the future of education.


Microsoft Vision 2019


ICE Conference: Luncheon Keynote:
Forget About The Future: It’s The Present That Concerns Me. Preparing Students For Today’s World

For many years, Dr. Thornburg has shared visions of the future with educators around the world in the hope that this would influence educational practice. This was a mistake. We don’t need to prepare students just for some unseen and basically unknowable future; we need to prepare them for the world as it exists today. This dynamic presentation eschews the future in favor of a pragmatic view of today’s world. A world where a new class of migrant workers spans the globe working on stimulating high-tech projects on a global scale. A world where cross-disciplinary understanding is needed for success; where 87% of teens have access to primary source materials relating to their studies; where vulcanologists study volcanic eruptions on a moon of Jupiter; where national borders are transparent; where biological species from other planets are put under the microscope; where new microscopic machines are grown, not manufactured. This is not fiction, not a dream, not the future, just reality - as it exists today. By looking at the skills needed to thrive in today’s very real world, ideas relating to curriculum and pedagogy naturally emerge. Forget pie-in-the sky predictions. This presentation explores the world in a way that has implications for every educator, educational leader, and student.



The Future of Education and PBS Teachers interview series
...continue this week, starting tonight (Monday, February 23rd) with Keith Krueger, the CEO of the Consortium for School Networking ( Keith will be speaking on "Learning to Change, Changing to Learn: Global Lessons." Keith is a great speaker, and his world-view perspective of education and technology is extremely informative--and worth the later-than-usual start for us (6:30pm Pacific / 9:30pm Eastern). More information on the event and how to log on to attend (free of course) are at

Thursday night (February 26th) John Palfrey, co-author of Born Digital, and a faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, will be with us to talk about the myths and realities of the impact of the Internet on youth and education. This event is co-hosted by PBS and Classroom 2.0 and is free as well. More information on the event and how to logon can be found at

Vision 2020 Cycle 2 -- from Miguel Guhlin

1/28/09 -- my thanks to Daniel Laninga, in the T&L Digital Studio, for this link


From DSC:
My purpose in posting this is not to tick anyone off. Instead, I want to raise a red flag and say,
"This is where it is going. The question is, how do we want to respond to this?"


Perspectives on the Future -- from New Horizons for Learning
Here are just a handful of the items on that page:

  • Education's Achilles Heel: Unlocking The Dilemma of Difficulty -- Dee Dickinson, Margaret Gayle, Rick Smyre and Bob Stott
    Four educators discuss why current movements fostering educational change are not enough, and announce the formation of a Transformational Learning Meta-Network.
  • Futures Studies: Preparing Learners for Success in the 21st Century    -- Sandra Burchsted
    The how and why of futures studies.
  • Learning Society of the Future: Questions to Consider    -- Dee Dickinson
    Today, everywhere in the world people of all ages are asking how educational systems can be transformed into ones truly appropriate for our time. How can people of all ages learn how to learn, unlearn, and relearn? How can they develop skills to deal with complexity and challenges that have never before existed? How can schools that were created for another time meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students? Can schools alone meet these needs? In considering these questions, Dee has us look at new possibilities for individuals, learning communities, and an emerging global learning society.
  • On Searching for New Genes: A 21st Century DNA for Higher Education   -- Rick Smyre
    A key challenge for the future will be to rethink many aspects of how we create learning experiences so that graduates will be prepared for a different kind of society, one that is constantly shifting, interdependent and increasingly complex.
  • The Future of Learning in a New Free World and how to Build a World Wide Learning Web    -- Gordon Dryden
    New Zealand author of the New Learning Revolution notes that millions of teachers and billions of students continue to work mainly in isolation, yet in today's world of instant communication, collaboration is essential in order to make the most effective changes.
  • Education 2050   -- Dee Dickinson
    This essay on the future of education appears in the new book, Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century, edited by Marianne Williamson.
  • Social Artistry   -- Jean Houston
    One of the world's great educators and director of the Foundation for Mind Research advocates a new type of leader that can deal with the complexity and chaos of today's world.



Future of Education - Charting the Course of Education and Learning in a Networked World -- from Steve Hargadon


Academia tackles the future --
Technology is at the heart of a profound transformation in the attitudes and expectations of students. How are institutions adapting to this new paradigm?


The University Challenge
-- from

University Challenge - UK

The University of Europe: accessible to all
By making more content available to more students, open content learning could change the face of higher education in Europe forever. Universities in Europe are looking to embrace a new form of learning, called open content, which could blow away the division between university students and the rest of the population.

Online and on the money
The global credit crunch and rising unemployment have provided a surprise boost for web-based higher education in the US

Choose your weapon
Technological development drives how people learn, with today's trailblazer tomorrow's mainstay. What are the newest ICT tools?

Lucky students at Leicester University not only develop their learning through a virtual learning environment (VLE); they can also sample open-source collaborative websites like Twitter, del.i.cious, Flickr and Twine. These enable, respectively, users to share personal information, recommendations for weblinks, pictures and discussion threads. "Five years ago, we had 2,000 VLE users," says Professor Gilly Salmon, who runs Leicester's E-learning and Learning Technologies research lab. "Now, we have more like 28,000."

Unknown 10 years ago, VLEs with course outlines, assessment grades, assignments and online databases are now standard, while blogs, wikis (websites that allow users to modify their content), podcasts and vodcasts (podcasts with video) are not far behind. "Downloading lecture notes is much more efficient: you can concentrate on what is being said without worrying. Online tests with instant marking mean you can pinpoint what you know — and what you don't know," says first-year medical sciences student Steby Ganeshamoorthy.


2009 Global Predictions for Technology Industry -- from Government Technology

Including the following item here because multi-touch interfaces are most likely a part of our future:

NUI Suite Snowflake compatible with HP TouchSmart multi-touch -- from Harry van der Veen's (founder NUI Group / CEO Natural User Interface) multi-touch blog

NUI developed the compatibility of NUI Suite Snowflake for HP’s TouchSmart multi-touch computing system, running on a NextWindow integrated touchscreen overlay, operating under Windows Vista.

NUI Suite Snowflake also operates on any kind of NextWindow overlay, that can be placed on top of LCD’s and Plasma to make them multi-touch compatible, running both on Windows XP as well as Windows Vista.

To enquire about OEM Opportunities to run NUI Suite Snowflake on HP TouchSmarts or any NextWindow overlay, you can fill out the form on the NUI website located at:





2009 Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Predictions -- from

The 2009 Deloitte TechnologyMedia & Telecom (TMT) Predictions provide an in-depth look at the emerging issues that will impact the technology, media and telecommunications sectors in the coming year. The 2009 series has drawn on internal and external inputs from conversations with member firm clients, contributions from Deloitte member firms’ 6,000 partners and managers specializing in TMT, and discussions with industry analysts, as well as interviews with leading executives from around the globe. Each report includes recommendations on how to leverage these trends. Learn more about each report below:

Accompanying the Global TMT Predictions this year, a closer look at the U.S. market is available in a separate report called the "2009 Industry Outlook: Challenging Times, Emerging Opportunities." Additional details on the outlook report can be found at



"Reputation systems now challenge academic credentialing" -- from Academic Evolution blog

From DSC:
I have not listened to the above podcast...however, I post this because it is an interesting concept that is tied in with the graphic below. What will accreditation agencies look like in 10 years? Hmmm...

What will accreditation agencies look like in 10 years?


10 Forecasts for 2009 & Beyond -- from the World Future Society

  • Forecast # 1: Everything you say and do will be recorded by 2030. By the late 2010s, ubiquitous unseen nanodevices will provide seamless communication and surveillance among all people everywhere. Humans will have nanoimplants, facilitating interaction in an omnipresent network. Everyone will have a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. Since nano storage capacity is almost limitless, all conversation and activity will be recorded and recoverable.
  • Forecast #2: Bioviolence will become a greater threat as the technology becomes more accessible. Emerging scientific disciplines (notably genomics, nanotechnology, and other microsciences) could pave the way for a bioattack. Bacteria and viruses could be altered to increase their lethality or to evade antibiotic treatment.
  • Forecast #3: The car's days as king of the road will soon be over. More powerful wireless communication that reduces demand for travel, flying delivery drones to replace trucks, and policies to restrict the number of vehicles owned in each household are among the developments that could thwart the automobiles historic dominance on the environment and culture. If current trends were to continue, the world would have to make way for a total of 3 billion vehicles on the road by 2025.
  • Forecast #4: Careers, and the college majors for preparing for them, are becoming more specialized. An increase in unusual college majors may foretell the growth of unique new career specialties. Instead of simply majoring in business, more students are beginning to explore niche majors such as sustainable business, strategic intelligence, and entrepreneurship. Other unusual majors that are capturing students' imaginations: neuroscience and nanotechnology, computer and digital forensics, and comic book art. Scoff not: The market for comic books and graphic novels in the United States has grown 12% since 2006.
  • Forecast #5: There may not be world law in the foreseeable future, but the world's legal systems will be networked. The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), a database of local and national laws for more than 50 participating countries, will grow to include more than 100 counties by 2010. The database will lay the groundwork for a more universal understanding of the diversity of laws between nations and will create new opportunities for peace and international partnership.
  • Forecast #6: The race for biomedical and genetic enhancement will — in the twenty-first century — be what the space race was in the previous century. Humanity is ready to pursue biomedical and genetic enhancement, says UCLA professor Gregory Stock, the money is already being invested, but, he says, “We'll also fret about these things — because we're human, and it's what we do.”
  • Forecast #7: Professional knowledge will become obsolete almost as quickly as it's acquired. An individual's professional knowledge is becoming outdated at a much faster rate than ever before. Most professions will require continuous instruction and retraining. Rapid changes in the job market and work-related technologies will necessitate job education for almost every worker. At any given moment, a substantial portion of the labor force will be in job retraining programs.
  • Forecast #8: Urbanization will hit 60% by 2030. As more of the world's population lives in cities, rapid development to accommodate them will make existing environmental and socioeconomic problems worse. Epidemics will be more common due to crowded dwelling units and poor sanitation. Global warming may accelerate due to higher carbon dioxide output and loss of carbon-absorbing plants.
  • Forecast #9: The Middle East will become more secular while religious influence in China will grow. Popular support for religious government is declining in places like Iraq, according to a University of Michigan study. The researchers report that in 2004 only one-fourth of respondents polled believed that Iraq would be a better place if religion and politics were separated. By 2007, that proportion was one-third. Separate reports reveal a countertrend in China.
  • Forecast #10: Access to electricity will reach 83% of the world by 2030. Electrification has expanded around the world, from 40% connected in 1970 to 73% in 2000, and may reach 83% of the world's people by 2030. Electricity is fundamental to raising living standards and access to the world's products and services. Impoverished areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa still have low rates of electrification; Uganda is just 3.7% electrified.


Predictions for 2009 --
From the global financial crisis to a historical presidential election, 2008 was a monumental year. January means it's time to polish our crystal balls and take a look at e-learning's near future. Lisa Neal Gualtieri shares predictions from around the globe. This year we've rounded up a whopping 31 experts, who run the gamut from academic instructors to designers to bloggers. As always, feel free to add your own predictions to the end of the story.


The Future of Education: The New Secretary of Education's Five Questions -- from Steve Hargadon


The Future of Humanity Institute -- from the University of Oxfordasdf

Net2 Think Tank: January’s Predictions for 2009 -- by Amy Sample Ward
Happy New Year, everyone!  We all know what this time of year means for blogs around the world: resolutions and predictions.  Why not share those predictions with the NetSquared community? This month, your Net2 Think Tank topic asks, “What do you think will be the big changes, new technologies, hot applications, or successful campaigns of 2009?” If you want to read some thoughts before you get going, check out these posts as starting points:

Taiwan Higher Ed Consortium Launches Free Online Course Initiative -- from, by Dian Schaffhauser
A consortium of colleges and universities in Taiwan has launched the "Open Course Ware Consortium," with the goal of sharing its resources with the public. The program is modeled after the OpenCourseWare Consortium originally developed by an MIT faculty committee wishing to share their course materials openly on the Web and now involving 200 institutions and organizations.

From DSC:
This article includes two very possible ways things could go in the next 5-15 years: the development of consortiums in order to pool the necessary resources to create high-quality educational content as well as the trend towards creating open source content.

How do we react to this? Should we, as a Christian College, participate and give content to this type of thing? What will this open content movement mean for colleges and universities? Consider Sears and the Extreme Home Makeover -- it has been a great thing for that company. (Not that Calvin is a Sears, but one gets the point.)

Open Courseware Consortium


Predicting the IT trends of 2009: What’s in and what’s out -- from, by Jason Hiner, Editor-in-Chief

CNI Podcast: The Digital Scholarship Lab - Experiments in Twenty-First Century Research and Teaching -- from Educause Connect, by Gerry Bayne
This twenty minute podcast features an interview with (historian) Andrew Torget, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. It was recorded at the Coalition for Networked Information Fall 2008 Task Force Meeting. Two of the projects discussed in this interview include “Voting America” and the “History Engine.”


2009: what to expect (or at least hope for) -- from ZDNET's iGeneration Blog, by Zack Whittaker

My predictions for Top Tools in 2009 -- from Jane Hart

Some Great Lists to start '09 -- from Mark Oehlert


Writing the Web’s Future in Numerous Languages -- from the New York Times, but Daniel Sorid

Predictions for 2009 -- from Marc's Voice, by Marc Canter (who founded the company which became Macromedia)

New Media Predictions 2009: What Online Independent Publishers Should Expect From The Future -- from Robin Good

Future Of Finance -- from The Big Picture, by Barry Ritholtz

Serious Games and Social Networks - the next frontier? -- from Thinking Worlds

Predictions for 2009 -- from Clark Quinn's learnings about learning


2009 Will Be The Year of the Uber Blog -- from the

Futurist Top Ten for 2009 and Beyond
-- from the World Future Society

Going Back to the Future—Shanghai Style -- from the History News Network, by Jeff Wasserstrom

The Future of Higher Education Teaching and the Student Experience -- from the UK's Higher Education Academy

Trends Shaping Education 2008 -- from the OECD
The OECD recently published a report into Trends Shaping Education 2008:

  • Ageing OECD Societies
    - Fewer children - birth rates well down since the 1960’s.
    - we start parenthood later
    - Living longer
    - Changing age structures
  • Global Challenges
    - Our crowded planet
    - International divides of affluence and poverty
    - Populations on the move
    - Global environmental challenges
  • Towards a New Economic Landscape
    - The global economy
    - Knowledge-intensive service economies
  • The Changing World of Work and Jobs
    - Lives less dominated by work?
    - Less securely attached to the labour market?
    - Women at work
  • The Learning Society
    - Educational attainment
    - Rising investments in education
    - Global educational patterns – inequalities and student flows
  • ICT: The Next Generation
    - The digital revolution
    - The expanding World Wide Web
    - Towards Web 2.0?
  • Citizenship and the State
    - Changing forms of political participation
    - The role of the welfare state – smaller government?



100 top sites for the year ahead -- from The Guardian (UK); link from Derek Wenmoth
Two years after we last picked the web's cream of the crop, our latest selection finds that location-based services, work-anywhere collaboration and video are prominent


Special Reports Published by the World Future Society


The Next Future of the Internet -- from Pew Internet & American Life Project
We have just released a new report on the future of the internet. It is the third in a series of reports we have built around surveys of experts about the world to come. In this newest report 578 experts and analysts have this to say in reaction to scenarios we asked them to evaluate:

  • The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.
  • The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness.
  • Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020.
  • Those working to enforce intellectual property law and copyright protection will remain in a continuing "arms race," with the "crackers" who will find ways to copy and share content without payment.
  • The divisions between personal time and work time and between physical and virtual reality will be further erased for everyone who is connected, and the results will be mixed in their impact on basic social relations.
  • "Next-generation" engineering of the network to improve the current internet architecture is more likely than an effort to rebuild the architecture from scratch.

You can find the report here.


Program for the Future conference -- Stanford
An Invitation to Innovation. An interactive conference inspired by Doug Engelbart's vision of harnessing technology for human betterment. The quest continues...
Engelbart dreamed of technology and tools that increased our Collective Intelligence and gave us a stunning example of how it works.  Now it's up to us to take up the challenge.  To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Engelbart's astounding demo, the Program for the Future is bringing together some of the best minds in science, media, business and education -- and we hope you will be among them -- to explore the question: what's next? 


Floridal Virtual School - Global Services -- a unique learning environment; link from Will Richardson
The Global School is truly a global community that includes middle and high school students from around the world. Imagine the opportunities for working across geographical, cultural, and socio-economic boundaries. Students participate in online discussions, clubs, competitions, newspaper teams, and national forums. Our highly qualified instructional instructors, located across the U.S., are certified in the subject they are teaching.

Florida Virtual School

...of which Will Richardson comments:

Finally, I think the conversation that most blew me away was the one with Andy Ross, the VP of Florida Virtual High School. They’ve got almost 1,000 full time staff now and over 20,000 kids on their waiting list to take classes. They can’t hire teachers fast enough. Kids can take their entire high school curriculum online without ever meeting a teacher face to face, though there are plenty of phone calls and e-mails. Andy said that their research shows that those kids do better on the standardized assessments than kids in physical schools, primarily because of the deep alignment of the curriculum and the programmed delivery. Now I’m not saying that those are necessarily reasons to move everything online, but it was the one solid vision of a “School of the Future” that I got at the conference. Andy agreed to come on and do a UStream at some point in the near future, and I’ll be sure to be posting times and dates in case you’d be interested.

FutureSight (UK)
-- my thanks to Anita Crawley for this link
Will children of the future learn alone at home or in small groups, linking with teachers and other pupils via virtual communities? This is one of six scenarios that you can explore with the FutureSight toolkit. FutureSight is part of an international project undertaken with the OECD, the DfES Innovation Unit and Demos, developing the OECD Schooling for Tomorrow initiative. This initiative explores the nature of schools and their response to the challenges of the 21st century.



WorldFuture 2009: Innovation and Creativity in a Complex World
The Annual Conference of the World Future Society
July 17-19, 2009, Hilton Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

A Widget Onto the Future -- from
They float around on desktops, populate home pages and bulge out of Facebook profiles. They aren’t exactly tangible, which is why they’re called widgets, but they’re real enough within the digital ether than some educators want to turn them into teaching tools. The portable, Web-based gadgets are an ideal medium, they say, for creating interactive, individualized instructional materials that can live on a course Web site, a personal blog or even a mobile phone.


School of the Future Summit -- from Derek Wenmoth

Related links:

The Future for Higher Education: Sunrise or Perfect Storm? -- from Educause, 2006


The Forthcoming "Walmart of Education" -- from DSC

The forthcoming Walmart of Education

From DSC:
I realize this may be a bit strange to find here...on a personal website of an educational technologist from a Christian-based college. But I do believe that this is where one significant piece of the puzzle is heading. I would hope that such an organizaion would integrate/build a strong moral fabric throughout its courses...but that probably won't be the focus for this type of forthcoming institution. Read more of my thoughts on this here...


Four trends that could change everything -- from
From NCTI conference remarks: These tech-driven trends are giving us an unprecedented opportunity to alter the world and ourselves

  • Trend No. 1: Parallel Computing
    Traditionally, we think of one computer working on one problem at a time. That's serial computing. When you take one large, complex task, break it into byte-size pieces, have multiple computers process the problem simultaneously, and then reassemble that output into a single, unified outcome--that's parallel computing. Universities are doing this sort of thing routinely now.
  • Trend No. 2: Cloud Computing.
    Cloud computing is just a poetic way of alluding to software that runs on remote servers accessible via the internet or a similar network. It might also be called the World Wide Computer.
  • Trend No. 3: Brain Mapping.
    Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (or FMRI), we can go under our own hoods and see what makes us tick.
  • Trend No. 4: The Global Dis-Assembly Line.
    Be it round or be it flat, globalization has arrived.


The Debate on the Future of Higher Education -- from Dept for Innovation, Universities & Skills (UK)
In his speech to the Wellcome Collection at the end of February, John Denham announced his intention to develop a framework for Higher Education over the next ten to fifteen years. He said:

The world is evolving very quickly and we must be able to unlock British talent and support economic growth through innovation as never before. We need to decide what a world-class HE system of the future should look like, what it should seek to achieve, and establish the current barriers to its development. As I have said previously, I want to do this before we initiate the review of undergraduate fees next year. As part of this process I am inviting a number of individuals and organisations to make contributions. Not to write government policy but to help inform it and - equally important - to stimulate debate and discussion in the sector.

The commissioned contributions have been delivered to the Secretary of State and are now available online.


Superstruct: Inventing the Future - 2019 -- from "Fleep’s Deep Thoughts" blog


Disruption in higher education

The students themselves. Listen to this podcast from Project Xiphos:

Kevin Prentiss Talks with Talis about Swift Kick and student engagement in education
"We discuss Swift Kick’s work to increase student engagement, and consider the ways in which traditional models of education are being disrupted both by providers of new technology and by the students themselves."

Education, globalisation and the knowledge economy:
A Commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (UK)
[This commentary] reports on ground-breaking research with multinational corporations around the world which suggests that policy-makers have yet to appreciate the fundamental shifts which are now taking place in the way companies use skilled people. Large firms are increasingly aware that emerging economies, especially but not exclusively India and China, are building up their education systems at a rapid rate. Leading corporations are abandoning the idea that high-end activities such as research and design have to go on in the high-cost economies of Europe, North America or Japan. Instead, they are developing ways in which high-value work can be standardised, as manual work already has been. Once this is achieved, high-skill people in low-cost countries suddenly become an attractive option for multinationals.

Another disruption in higher education: the teaching university -- from Innosight Institute

Let Disruption Fix Higher Education: The time has come for teaching-model universities -- from Strategy & Innovation, by Henry Eyring

In contrast is the teaching-model university. Here, the “products” are students who are well-prepared for the workplace. Students would be on top of this customer list for the teaching university. Government comes next, with its stake in making sure public universities are serving the public.

Disrupting Class and the presidential election -- from Innosight; includes a link to

One of the core reasons schools struggle is because their structure compels standardization in the way they teach and test. This standardized, monolithic experience would be fine if all students learned in the same way. But as we know from our own experience, we all learn in different ways. Different things motivate different people, we each have different intelligence strengths and learning styles, and people learn at different paces. Standardization in schools therefore will not do the trick. We need customization. Technology allows for the possibility of an escape from this standardization.

Online Education in the United States, 2008 -- by The Sloan Consortium
The evidence: Online enrollments have continued to grow at rates far in excess of the total higher education student population, with the most recent data demonstrating no signs of slowing.

  • Over 3.9 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2007 term; a 12 percent increase over the number reported the previous year.
  • The 12.9 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 1.2 percent growth of the overall higher education student population.
  • Over twenty percent of all U.S. higher education students were taking at least one online course in the fall of 2007.

Future of Higher Education: How Technology Will Shape Learning -- from the NMC

Innovation in Online Higher Education -- from the Thinking Differently... blog, by Tony Hirst

The Debate on the Future of Higher Education -- from The Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills, UK; link from Tony Hirst

The Coming Wireless Revolution -- from MIT Technology Review
Gadgets that operate over television frequencies promise to transform the wireless landscape. (From DSC: Think mobile learning.)

Disruption in K-12

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns -- by Clayton Christensen

Disruptive Education Technology -- from

Harnessing Technology: Next Generation Learning 2008-14 -- from Becta, link from Tony Hirst

Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century -- by Henry Jenkins, et. al.

Insight Schools, Inc. operates the nation’s largest national network of full-time, diploma-granting, public online high schools.

(As the K-12 division of eCollege)
eClassroom has been working with online education for the K-12 market since 1996.



Big Ideas 4 Education: An example of the Delphi Method in practice -- from

Careers of the Future -- from Converge Online, by Jessica Renee Napier


‘Forecasting’ the future -- from

  1. The Hawaii centre for futures studies 
  2. The Creating Academic Learning Futures centre at Leicester University
  3. Stille, A. (2003) The Future of the Past, Picador, London.
  4. Laszlo, E. (2006) The Chaos Point: the world at a crossroads, Hampton, London
  5. Dregni, E. & Dregni, J. Follies of Science, 20th Century visions of our Fantastic Future SpeckPress, Denver Colorado.
  6. UCISA technology trends suveys 2001-2008
  7. Johnson, Laurence F., Levine, Alan, and Smith, Rachel S. 2008 Horizon Report. Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium, 2008. 
  8. Hype cycles 
  9. Richard Gott, (2002), Time travel in Einstein’s Universe: The physical possibility of travel through time, Houghton Mifflin Company
  10. Hank Laderer of the Minnesota Futurists

technologies and education: the future, future schools, curriculum -- from the "You are Never Alone" blog
"My criteria: the video should some how relate to education (or an educational issue), good quality, run for about 5 minutes or less and reasonably current."

21st century learner 1:26
a powerpoint describing the tools and actions of the 21st century learner

21st Century Learner 2:38
I think this was set an as assignment. The creator lists alls the ways in which he/she learns

Digital World: Kids Today 2:19
interactions, sites they visit,

21st century Literacy 2:19
digital literacies, how the skills are different, changing the way we teach and learn

LTS: emerging technologies, Stephen Heppell 3:21`
Nintendo, moving forward now, mobile phones, using phones for assessment,
This will fetch up a lot of Stephen Heppell links to other videos

The Future of Learning, Stephen Heppell 3:58
agile peer to peer learning, the role of technology in allowing us to take risks

21st century schools 4:07
what should the curriculum contain, must harness technology, informal learning, collaborative learning, global projects, school as the broker of learning, excitement of learning with new technologies, making home and school seamless

Ordering Pizza in the Future – comedy! 2:11
Could be related to Cloud Computing. The phone number triggers a range of information links.
Creator wants you to think about the dangers of having all our information linked up.

The future of communication 5:15
a bit long but interesting view of a future world. The media revolution at the end of the 20th century raised challenges to conventions and “rules” that we had already developed. We become prosumers - producers and consumers of information. The century progresses and we gradually get past the present day. Many virtual worlds, multiple online identities, what happens as what we know evolves.

The Sony Flexible Screen 1:18
a screen built on flexible plastic

The Nokia Morph: Stretchable and Bendable Mobile Device: 3:24
nano technology, bendable screens, could be worn like a watch

New Digital X-Ray Machine Sees Through Clothes 3:01
there was a story just recently about these scanners being implemented in airports
Concerns about how the images will be used

Car Technology of the Future 1:58
cars able to talk to each other using GPS, hydrogen fuel cells, integrated with TV


Below quote from:
3 Ways Web-Based Computing Will Change Colleges -- from the Chronical of Higher Education, by Jeffrey Young

"A new book by Educause that is scheduled to be released next week at the group's annual conference captures the mix of promise and confusion that cloud computing poses today. Called The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing, it offers more than a dozen essays with predictions about the next stage of computing on campus. The book's introduction argues that a cloud is an apt metaphor for the shift ahead: Clouds get harder to see your way through as you walk into them."



The Future of Instructional Computing Labs -- from Educause

The future of education according to Steve Hargadon


Education in 2015: Cyberlearning for digital native: What will learning look like in 2015? -- from, by John Cox


The Future is Unwritten -- by Miguel Guhlin

Avant Game: Superstruct: We're half-way to saving the world. Here's the Story So Far... -- from Avante Game blog

Here's what some folks say are the trends out there:

Analysis: New Strains Put Pressure on Traditional College-Pricing Model -- from the Chronicle of Highere Education, by Beckie Supiano
Concern over the rising cost of college is nothing new, but it's taking an interesting turn. Most of the attention given to college costs focuses on the sticker price, but few students ever pony up that much. As that price rises, merit-based aid does, too, and most students get what amounts to...

"How long can the model of ever-increasing price and merit aid be sustained? What new system would rise in its place? The college pricing system's shaky foundation is based on a decline in government support for higher education."..."The economic reality and the demographic reality is there aren't enough residential full-time students for all the colleges that want them who can afford them," says Robert A. Sevier, senior vice president for strategy at Stamats Inc., a higher-education-marketing company.

This is why folks should be concerned about the upcoming "Walmart of education" that can produce an excellent education at 1/2 the price -- via online-based learning, offered worldwide.


The future of higher education: How technology will shape learning
A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by the New Media Consortium

Executive summary
Technological innovation, long a hallmark of academic research, may now be changing the very way that universities teach and students learn. For academic institutions, charged with equipping graduates to compete in today’s knowledge economy, the possibilities are great. Distance education, sophisticated learning-management systems and the opportunity to collaborate with research partners from around the world are just some of the transformational benefits that universities are embracing.

But significant challenges also loom. For all of its benefits, technology remains a disruptive innovation—and an expensive one. Faculty members used to teaching in one way may be loath to invest the time to learn new methods, and may lack the budget for needed support. This paper examines the role of technology in shaping the future of higher education. The major findings are as follows:

  • Technology has had—and will continue to have—a significant impact on higher education. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of survey respondents from both the public and private sectors say that technological innovation will have a major influence on teaching methodologies over the next five years. In fact, technology will become a core differentiator in attracting students and corporate partners.
  • Online learning is gaining a firm foothold in universities around the world. More than two-thirds of respondents from academia say that their institutions offer online courses. Many of them, especially those with a public-service mandate, consider online learning key to advancing their mission, placing advanced education within reach of people who might otherwise not be able to access it.
  • Corporate-academic partnerships will form an increasing part of the university experience, at a time when locating funding and controlling costs are key concerns, and when only one-quarter of university chief information officers (CIOs) have a place at the table when it comes to setting strategy. To attract corporate partnerships, institutions will need to demonstrate a commitment to advanced technologies.
  • University respondents view technology as having a largely positive impact on their campuses, but acknowledge that operational challenges may hinder the full benefits from being realised (for example, tenure, promotions and other organisational practices may need adjustment to encourage faculty members to adopt new technologies). In addition, technology may be disruptive in ways not intended: respondents note a rise in student plagiarism, cheating and distractability, which they attribute to easy and ready access to mobile technologies.
  • Higher education is responding to globalisation. Respondents say that having an overseas presence will be the norm for the majority of universities over the coming years, and 54% of academic respondents say their institutions either already have foreign locations or plan to open them in the next three years. Distance education is also becoming increasingly global, with universities in the US and overseas leveraging advanced technologies to put education within reach of many more individuals around the world.

From DSC: Follow up comments

Quote from the NMC/Economist Report above:

"For all of its benefits, technology remains a disruptive innovation—and an expensive one. Faculty members used to teaching in one way may be loath to invest the time to learn new methods, and may lack the budget for needed support."

This quote supports my theories of the potential move on the part of institutions of higher education to pool their resources (in order to spread out the costs), that not all faculty members even want to learn about technology (let alone implement it) -- they may not have signed that part of the contract when they took their teaching job years ago -- and that technology can be a very disruptive innovation (think iTunes and the entire music industry within the last 5 years). But we can either pretend that the trends will go away, or we can be aware of them and take steps to respond/prepare for them.

How To Build The Global Mind -- from Nova Spivack


The 4th Way For Education -- from Education Innovation blog
This posting includes the following recommended reading:

Million Futures
-- link from Jane Nicholls blog, New Zealand

Million Futures


Items regrading web-based collaboration and communication -- my thanks to Mr. Tarek Bahnasy, SLED Regional Manager, Cisco WebEx for this information



Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century is a groundbreaking compendium of the most innovative solutions, ideas and inventions emerging today for building a sustainable, livable, prosperous future.


The Future of Work -- from the Institute for the Future

  • Future of Work: Map
  • Future of Work: Technology Foundations
    1. Introduction ........................................................................... 1
    2. Proactive Computing ......................................................... 3
    3. Amplified Collaboration Tools and Processes ..................... 5
    4. Sensemaking and Visualization ......................................... 9
    5. Device Webs and Sensor Webs ........................................ 11
    6. Ubiquitous Displays ......................................................... 13
    7. Abundant Computation and Connectivity .......................... 15
    8. 3D Graphical Interfaces.................................................... 17
  • Future of Work: Perspectives


Searching for the "future" -- via social bookmarking/tagging -- at:

Why Prediction Markets Fail -- from the Big Picture Blog

Open Source Schools -- from
Open Source Schools is an initiative to inform schools about Open Source Software (OSS). A number of schools are already realising the benefits of OSS within their ICT strategy. This project will work to share their experiences with the wider community of educational practitioners.


The Big Picture blog

The Big Picture Blog



New Horizons for Learning site -- my thanks to Dr. Sandy Boyd and Capella University for these links

New Horizons for Learning

Education 2050

by Dee Dickinson



Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future -- by Cory Doctorow


Work is a pleasure in tomorrow's office -- from
  • Mobile work stations will allow workers to set up anywhere in the office
  • In the Intelligent Workplace, workers can control temperature and lighting
  • Desks with built-in treadmills will allow you to keep fit while you work

Work is a pleasure in tomorrow's office

Homes of the Future -- from

Home of the future

FutureFest is an exciting and inspirational conference that will bring together today’s leaders with tomorrow’s visionaries to debate the global issues driving our future. It is aimed at senior decision makers with the vision, experience and mandate to steer the next wave of innovation and technologies that will affect the way we live and work.

The conference programme is constructed around four core themes, Earth, Communication, Life and Machine. Uniquely, the conference will be wrapped inside a Festival celebrating innovation, creativity and opportunity, linking art in all its shapes and forms to the issues of tomorrow. The conference themes will flow across the Festival through multiple events...


Superstruct meetup in Palo Alto October 20 -- from
What will the year 2019 be like? And who will you be in the future? You’re invited to a Superstruct Party & Meet-Up. Learn all about, and try out, Superstruct, the worlds’ first massively-multiplayer forecasting game.

The Next Web 2008: Nova Spivack Presentation

Below image was one of the slides from:
Nova Spivack: “The Semantic Web as an open and less evil web”

Semantics of Information Connections


One organization's thoughts about the future of higher education

Future of Higher Ed

Here's a modifed site map of this CD:


The Institute for the Future (IFTF)
The Institute for the Future (IFTF) is an independent, nonprofit research group with over 40 years of forecasting experience. The core of our work is identifying emerging trends and discontinuities that will transform global society and the global marketplace. We provide insights into business strategy, design process, innovation, and social dilemmas. Our research generates the foresight needed to create insights that lead to action. Our research spans a broad territory of deeply transformative trends, from health and health care to technology, the workplace, and human identity. The Institute for the Future is located in Palo Alto, CA.


The world will not stand still. It's that simple...and that complex.
The world will not stand still. It's that simple...and that complex.

Forget the status quo. It has become a ticket to obsolescense. There is no more business as usual. We now realize that, in a fast-moving world, the organization, community, or country that unleashes the genious of its people through the best possible education will move forward at an unprecedented rate.

None of us, nor our organizations, can be frozen in time.

Consider this: Students in the high school class of 2017 are now in school; they will be approximiately 21 in 2021 and 65 in 2065. What are the implications for education?

-- above quotes from Marx, G. (2006). Future-focused leadership: Preparing schools, students, and communities for tomorrow's realities. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Links regarding futurism
-- my thanks to Dr. Sandy Boyd and Capella University for these links/resources

World Future Society

Futurist Update: News & Previews from the World Future Society is an electronic newsletter distributed monthly to members of the World Future Society who provide their e-mail address. You can subscribe here. To unsubscribe or change your e-mail address, send message to Jeff Cornish,

Institute for Alternative Futures


Downloadable Handouts from Ian Jukes -- a key person in the world of educational technology
Topics include: visions, the communications age, curriculum, information fluency, technology planning, and creating powerful presentations.



  • Consortia of course providers; students earn a degree by taking courses from a variety of member institutions within a particular consortium of schools
  • States and/or community colleges pool their resources
  • Colleges and universities pool their resources
  • Sharing and swapping of courses
  • 24x7x365 learning, anytime, anywhere, on a variety of devices
  • 1:1 computing -- technology-based learning and education
  • Monopoly of public funding has been broken up; the educational landscape gets competitive and more innovative as a result
  • The home school movement will lead to the home-college movement.
    -- from Dunn, S. L. (2000). The Virtualizing of Education [Electronic version]. The Futurist, 34(2), 28-34.