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Take part in the CALF workshop at the Learning Futures Festival 2011!

April 3, 2011

As featured in the Conference Highlights http://bit.ly/f43htZ

The Fast Forward Workshop, with Sandra Romenska

Sandra RomenskaFTS: So, tell our delegates a little about yourself, Sandra?

SR: I am a Research Associate with the Creating Academic Learning Futures (CALF) research project at the University of Leicester.

My research interests are in the areas of futures studies, strategic foresight, learning and teaching technologies, innovation, international and comparative education. I have an MA in educational research from the University of Warwick and a DPhil in institutional innovation in higher education from the University of Oxford.

FTS: And what will you be offering during our 2011 festival?

I am running an online, interactive workshop that I’ve designed based on my research on the future of higher education.

Do you want to get a glimpse of what the future of education might hold? Not satisfied with the future visions from your crystal ball or tarot cards? Then join the Fast Forward Workshop at the festival and try the scholarly approach to the future!

FTS: Sounds like fun. What will the participants do?

They will practise and learn how to use of a range of free, reusable and repurposable web-based innovative tools and methods for collaborative foresight.
In a series of interactive exercises, they will engage in discussions of the key forces influencing education today and learn how to assess the likelihood of possible future trends.

The workshop will offer a taster session in the use of a method developed by the CALF project for structuring problems in terms of causes and consequences. This will improve participants’ understanding of strategic options, knowledge and possibilities for innovation, available to their organisation.

FTS: And does it matter that this workshop will be held online and not face to face?

Now at all. In fact, you could argue that the online delivery is better as it fits the realities of the future of learning. With the range of tools available as part of Adobe Connect 8, in addition to traditional audio and video, participants will have a truly interactive learning experience, and never have to leave their desks.

FTS: Any final words?

As Yogi Berra famously said once “The future ain’t what it used to be”; the Fast Forward workshop will try to figure out what the future could be.

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