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

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  Open online course (no fee) begins April 19, 2010

Dave Cormier (UPEI) and George Siemens (Athabasca University)
Discussions and proclamations of the future of education, learning, training, and development are popular topics at conferences and in publications. For educators, leaders, and administrators, it’s easy to “get lost” in the numerous predictions. What is the next wave of technological change? Are learners really different today? Is our current model of education unsustainable? What can educators do to anticipate and respond to trends?
This course will utilize methods of futures thinking to explore a variety of trends and statistics and provide a series of potential scenarios and future directions. Participants will be actively involved in tracking critical trends, exploring their educational impact, and plan for ways to prepare for important changes.

Week 1: An introduction to trends and futures thinking: What and Why
Week 2:Creative and innovative thinking
Week 3:How do people decide?
Week 4:Trend Tracking
Week 5: Futures Thinking
Week 6:Data Sources
Week 7:Art as sensemaking
Week 8: Scenario Generation & Analysis
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Social Media Seminar 03/18/10 – Online & No Fee!

AACE Global U is pleased to organize the newest free monthly online seminar!

Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning

When: March 18, 2010: 2:00 PM Eastern USA (World Clock Calculator)

The seminar series, led by George Siemens and David Cormier, is without fee and will include live interactive sessions, in addition to discussions with guest speakers and participants.

Social media and emerging technologies are gaining increased attention for use in education. The list of tools grows daily. Examples: blogs, wikis, Ning, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, cloud computing, surface computing, mobile learning, and so on. “Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning” will explore the impact of new technologies, research, and related projects.

Finding coherence in the midst of rapid changes is increasingly difficult. This monthly session will create a forum for educators to gather, present, and discuss the future impact of today’s trends.

All sessions are co-sponsored by and will be archived in the Education & Information Technology Library (EdITLib).