Of course, as someone who now lives in Ireland we also hope to see our forwards exploit a different type of gap over the next few weeks.
The Irish have arrived!
It’s going to be a big test for Australia. On a related note, despite most people believing you can’t predict the future this is one of those exceptions. I can predict the score of each game before it has even started. Zero zero. I’ll leave you to think about it.
I’m now Ireland’s first Professor of Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning based at Dublin City University. DCU is a young university with an innovative culture and mission of transforming lives and societies.
The University likes to make it own future, a future maker rather than future taker, and we are very proud to host next year’s World conference on Online Learning. That’s the advertorial out of the way.
In the remaining time I have three sections that I would like to address. I want to touch on a number of future scenarios. Talk about networked futures and then shift the discourse away from educational environments of the future to those we want to create for the future.
As there is so little time I’m going to focus on the bigger picture and anchor my thinking about education and new technologies in gaps that threaten the future of humanity. Did you know that in today’s digital world 8 white men now own half of the world’s wealth. That’s the uncomfortable reality!
Hence by analogy my central message is that the unevenly distributed future requires us to get our heads out of the scrum.
MB: The concept of digital literacy was first introduced back in 1997 and as this seminal book illustrates there are many and varied interpretations of this concept.
Around the Table
Global Perspective: Creating Educational Environments of the Future
1. Future scenarios
2. Networked futures
3. Education for the future
“Pronounced inequalities and disparities exist in terms of
individuals’ digital skills and competencies within communities,
countries and regions. Reconciling these gaps will require more
than technology alone” (p.5). http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0025/002590/259013e.pdf