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Quick overview of futures methods for .edu, leading into Horizon Report intro.

Quick overview of futures methods for .edu, leading into Horizon Report intro.


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  • 1. Catching the Future
    Before it Catches You

    A 2010 .edu survey
  • 2. Catching the Future Before it Catches You
    Extrapolation
    Scenarios
    Futures market
    Environmental scan
    Delphi
  • 3. Principles of Forecasting (2001) (http://www.forecastingprinciples.com/methodologytree.html)
    Apprehending the futures
  • 4. Extrapolation
    iPhone Apps Store downloads
    April 2009 1.0 billion
    July 2009 1.5 billion
    Sept 2009 2.0 billion
    -works with data sources
    -can lead to more data-gathering, metrics
  • 5. Limitations
    Trend lines vary
    Doesn’t account for new things
    The Black Swan (Taleb, 2007)
  • 6. Scenarios
    Stories about futures
    Event and response
    Creativity
    Roles and times
    Emergent practices and patterns
  • 7. Limitations
    Culture
    Resources
    The Black Swan
  • 8. Futures market
    Features
    Advantages
    Propositions in time
    Shares to be traded
    Continuous
    Distributed feedback
    Affordances of play
  • 9. Will 25 or more institutions be participating in Flickr’s Creative Commons project by March 26, 2009?
  • 10. When will the number of Facebook users hit 200 million?
  • 11. Limitations
    Quantitative threshold
    Physical proximity
    Market metaphor
    The Black Swan
  • 12. Environmental scanning
    Multiple sources
    Longitudinal
    Pattern recognition
  • 13. Crowdsourcing
    Different levels
    Social network
    Crowd computing
    Iterated resource feeds
  • 14. Delphi
    Assemble experts
    Probe for opinions
    Rank and distill ideas
    Reiterate
  • 15. Example: the Horizon Report
    “[A] comprehensive review and analysis of research, articles, papers, blogs, and interviews
    [We] discussed existing applications and brainstormed new ones.
    A key criterion was the potential relevance of the topics to teaching, learning, research, and creative expression.
    Iteration, ranking, reiteration, reranking”
  • 16.
  • 17.
  • 18.
  • 19. Limitations
    Groupthink
    Information compression
    The Black Swan
  • 20. Citations
    iCub, http://infocult.typepad.com/infocult/2009/09/robot-children-toddle-out-of-the-uncanny-valley.html
    Principles of Forecasting chart, http://www.forecastingprinciples.com/methodologytree.html
    accessCeramics, Lewis and Clark, http://accessceramics.org/
    NassimTaleb, http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/
    Black Swans: Field Museum Library, http://www.flickr.com/photos/field_museum_library/3405475664/; gnuckx cc0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/34409164@N06/3209135920/
    Great California Shakeout, http://www.shakeout.org/media/index.html
  • 21. More citations
    NITLE Prediction Markets, http://markets.nitle.org/
    Cat and kitten, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bryanalexander
    Bing’s Twitter search, http://www.bing.com/twitter
    EpisilonAurigaecrowdsourcing, http://mysite.du.edu/~rstencel/epsaurnews.htm
    Horizon Report 2010 wiki, http://horizon.wiki.nmc.org/
    “Apprehending the Future: Emerging Technologies, from Science Fiction to Campus Reality”, EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 44, no. 3 (May/June 2009): 12–29. http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Review/EDUCAUSEReviewMagazineVolume44/ApprehendingtheFutureEmergingT/171774. More sources there.
    Wayne Brent, Cyprien Lomas, Ruben R. Puentedura, “Grow Your Own Horizon Report” (Educause conference 2009)
  • 22. The ultimate links
    NITLE
    http://nitle.org
    Techne
    http://blogs.nitle.org/
    NITLE prediction markets game
    http://markets.nitle.org/
    Bryan on Twitter
    http://twitter.com/BryanAlexander