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Each year at the University of Agder, Future Learning Lab organizes an international conference on technology, media and learning. This year was no different. 140 attendees met on June 7th for an full-day open dialog with three keynoters and about 15 people participating in various plenary panels. The first keynote was given by Cathy Casserly, who is a former CEO of Creative Commons, an associate of Institute for the Future as well as a former consultant to a range of thought-leading companies. Cathy was also here last year. She is now a consultant for the National Science Foundation in the United States. The next two keynotes are long-time senior staff at UNESCO, with a focus on Open Education Resources: Sir John Daniel and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic.
Open Education Resources (OER) was the key theme on the first day of the summit for all three keynotes. You can read more about it here: www.worldlearningsummit.com
On the following two days, we had academic workshops with a wide range of project presentations and scientific publications presentations from our soon to come out WLS Scientific Proceedings. Here is the program.
We also ran a keynote particularly aimed at the debate concerning 21.Century Skills and the future challenge of matching work with education skills and competency needs. Keynote speaker was Dr. Joseph Press, who works with the Center for Creative Leadership in Zürich Switzerland. A stellar workshop that falls well in with the Future Learning Lab´s research agenda.
The scientific proceedings was a new feature of the summit this year. Another new feature was the implementation of student assistants in research. About ten students participated with making short videos. These were uploaded to our website. You can find them here: Twitter.
In the time to come we will present more results from the conference. Stay tuned.
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Video in the classroom
On October 20th, Future Learning Lab offers a full day workshop on uses of video in student driven learning. CEO at WeVideo in Olso, Erik Ræstad, is here to pilot us through som key issues relating both to uses of video as technology and more profoundly; how to tell an enganging story? Video is clearly one aspect of 21st Century literacy skills — so how do we master it, as lecturers, as tutors? And as students?
The workshop is based on discussions held during our June 2016 World Learning Summit. We´ll present one DDU-financed project on uses of video in social science courses — we have one BA course in English going and one MA course in Norwegian, both exploring uses of video to collaborate and reflect together on course material.
Lots of good tips and conversations. More info on this page.
We´re happy to announce Fount LeRon Schults as new member of our Future Learning Lab research group. LeRon will be presenting himself and his ongoing project MODRN in s meeting this coming fall. Here is a link to LeRon´s website. Hopefully we´ll also see more of his ideas coming into planning the 2017 version of the World Learning Summit.
Here is also a small bit from the MODRN project website: “The goal of the MODRN project is to create cutting edge computer simulations of religious and social conflict in Norway, using modeling systems that enable “virtual” social experimentation by integrating empirically validated theories in the scientific study of religion (and secularization) within complex “causal architectures.” These simulations will be calibrated using massive Norwegian datasets in dialogue with national and international experts in the fields of computer modeling, religious and secular diversification, and Norwegian public-policy.
MODRN will produce new tools for evaluating hypotheses about – and policies for – religious and socio-political change in Norway, Northern Europe and beyond. The three-year project begins 1 July 2016 and runs through 30 June 2019. It is funded primarily by the Research Council of Norway, with additional funding from the University of Agder (UiA) in Kristiansand, Norway, the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion (IBCSR) in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Virginia Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Center (VMASC) in Suffolk, Virginia, for a total budget of approximately 1.4 million USD”.
Our summit in June 2016 was a great success, with close to 300 people visiting the first open day, and about 200 following up on day 2, about 100 on day 3. Visit our testimonials page to see comments as they come in.
A main feature was of course Peter Norvig, head researcher at Google in Mountain View, California. We were fortunate to have the collaboration of Aftenposten, BI Norwegian Business School, NHO/Abelia, and Oslo EdTech cluster. More will be posted as we process the presentation videos and upload some of the key presentations.
The program for our 2017 version of the summit is under way. We can already announce a keynote featured talk by Catherine Casserley — former CEO of Creative Commons. And there is lots more to come.
Happy to announce Derek Woodgate as our newest FLL member. Read more about him: Derek Woodgate is a consulting futurist, author, university lecturer and curator. He is President of The Futures Lab, Inc. an international futures-based consultancy, founded in 1996, which specializes in creating future potential for major corporations and institutions, He is also Vice-President and Director of Learning at the company’s non-profit arm LIFE (Learning Innovations in Future Education and Chief Creative Office at TFL’s “living the future” events company, FEEL (Future Entertainment and Events Lab). Derek is co-creator of the highly successful “living the future” event STEAM3 – The Future of Learning.
Derek is also an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information and Communications Technologies at the University of Adger in Norway; and Adjunct Professor in the Learning Technologies Division of the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA. At both universities he teaches courses on the science of foresight and its application for the future of education and learning. As a leading futurist, Derek’s principal expertise is in the interplay between emerging multimedia technologies, experiential learning and the future, topics on which he is a regular conference speaker and writer. Derek is due to complete his PhD at the University of Adger by the end of 2016. His dissertation is titled: “The impact of emerging multisensory augmented reality technologies on the future of experiential learning”.
His book, Future Frequencies (2004) was considered paradigm shifting in the foresight field, and his various pieces already published from his forthcoming book Future Flow give a fresh look at how experiential manifestations can be designed to be adaptive to personal aesthetics, imagination, moods, and emotions in order to facilitate new approaches to exploration, innovation, and learning.
Derek’s other published works include: The Future of Advertising – a chapter in “PR Rules: The Playbook” (2014) and he co-authored Calling the Toads—A Burroughs Compendium” (1999), with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Allen Ginsberg, and Douglas Brinkley.
Derek is a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists; former President of the Centex Chapter of the World Futures Society and a member of the World Futures Studies Federation.