Using futures thinking in the Near Future Teaching project

Hi, we have been supporting the Near Future Teaching core team recently on parts of this project. We haven’t yet posted, so here is a short introduction: We are part of Andthen, a small design strategy consultancy company based in Glasgow, that marries design research with futures thinking to help organisations of all shapes and…

Near Future Teaching Workshop #2: a summary

Following on from the first Near Future Teaching workshop last month, we gathered again recently to continue our design of the future of digital education. Here, our focus was on convergence with the core values the university community would like to see defining our future teaching. The 19 opinion cards that were created from the…

Near Future Teaching: reviews of the key trends

As part of the Near Future Teaching project we have been working on two short reviews which attempt to summarise what we see as the key trends and influences likely to be shaping digital education in universities over the short to medium term. We have created two of these and want to share them with…

Near Future Teaching Workshop #1: Divergent Thinking

On April 30th at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI),  the first of two workshops was conducted for the Near Future Teaching project. This first workshop was largely driven by the data and the subsequent outputs from the first phase of the project: vox pop interviews with a large range of faculty, staff, and…

Near Future Teaching- methods and a progress report 

Now that Near Future Teaching is well underway, it seems like a good time to write a short blog post on our project methodology, how it’s going, and what we hope we will achieve by the time the project finishes toward the end of the year.  The project has the over-arching aim to design the future of digital…

Near Future Teaching Focus Group: Medical Students

On one snowy day in April, when we finally were in a room together with 4 University of Edinburgh Medical Students, I felt that we had rounded up unicorns from a magical forest! That was how hard it was to track down these incredibly busy, mystical creatures. However, we finally managed to do it with…

Near Future Teaching Think Tank: Vets

On 18 January 2018, we were delighted to welcome 17 students at various stages in their training to the Institute for Academic Development. The students were primarily from the University of Edinburgh Veterinary Programme at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. They came along to attend a Near Future Teaching Thank Tank event. The…

Internet of (Teaching) Things

Dr Jeremy Knox of the Centre for Research in Digital Education and I conducted a Near Future Teaching session called Internet of (Teaching) Things. The purpose was to stimulate thinking around how IoT technology can be used to proactively build community or improve teaching or research practices using configurations of data being generated by the university itself. Most…