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Futures for the arts, humanities and social sciences


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A presentation to the deans of arts, humanities and social sciences on two possible future scenarios (of many) for education and the postdigital

A presentation to the deans of arts, humanities and social sciences on two possible future scenarios (of many) for education and the postdigital

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  • Dave pointing the edfutures community towards a holistic view of futures forecasting, instead of thinking about predictions -find what are the underlying, over riding, and or gathering trends that create the context for the various scenarios that may be envisaged for education in the near and longer term? And also thinking about how do these relate to each other and to the various stakeholders?

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  • 1. Futures Thinking 'The Digital' for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • 2. A few words on words
    • FutureS Thinking
    • Trends
    • Decision Making
    • 2 Scenarios
    • The Creative Challenge
    • Planning for the Postdigital
  • 3. Futures Thinking
    • Not a prediction
    • Looking for patterns
    • Trends in context
  • 4. Trends
    • Aging population
    • 'Digital' literacy
    • Increased focus on innovation
    • The need for collaboration to understand complex systems
    • Social media and information abundance
    • Multiple skill sets
    • Changing funding models
    • Student influence
  • 5. Decision making Anarchy of the past Illusion of Reason Complexity
  • 6. Distributed vs. Convergent
    • Points of tension
    • Choosing scenarios
    • Using scenarios
  • 7. A Corporate Scenario
    • Private funding.
    • Content is industry-driven, more specialized.
    • More experiential learning - blurring of vocational and professional educational.
    • Public acceptance of diversified educational system.
    • Streaming reaches back into K-12.
  • 8.  
  • 9. A Creative Scenario
    • Less funding.
    • Content is used to develop context and creative skills.
    • Focus on collaborative learning skills.
    • Public reliance on the university for providing context and judgement.
    • Creative literacies extending back K-12.
  • 10. Arts. Humanities. Social Science.
    • Adaptive to change
    • Integral to creativity
    • Collaborative learning
    • Learning to learn
    • Knowledge as connective
    • Work skills are innovative skills
  • 11.
    • Planning for futures
    • Normative planning
    • Looking past the novelty
    • Literacies
    The Postdigital
  • 12. “ [Writing] will introduce forgetfulness into the soul of those who learn it: they will not practice using their memory because they will put their trust in writing, which is external and depends on signs that belong to others, instead of trying to remember from the inside, completely on their own. You have not discovered a potion for remembering, but for reminding; you provide your students with the appearance of wisdom, not with its reality .” (Phaedrus 275a-b) Futures
  • 13. Thanks. Dave cormier