Testing the Near Future Teaching vision with school children

— From Zoë Prosser and Santini Basra Throughout October 2018, the Near Future Teaching team tested a preferable future vision for digital higher education, and a draft strategy for reaching that vision, with staff and students from the University. The following four values were recognised within current staff members and students during the early stages…

Phase 3: Testing Vision and Strategy

— From Zoë Prosser and Santini Basra Phase 3 Blog Post of Near Future Teaching Methods: Testing Vision and Strategy During the earlier stages of the project, the opinions and values of staff and students had been collaboratively translated into a series of speculative worlds and scenarios. These served as thought experiments, which outlined possible…

Near Future Teaching: Vision Document Testing Workshops

The Near Future Teaching team have been exploring alternative futures for digital education at the University of Edinburgh. Already we have engaged staff and students through future-building workshops and discussions. Now that we have some new ideas and possibilities for what digital education might look like in the future, we’re inviting our students back to…

Near Future Teaching methods: values within worlds

— From Zoë Prosser and Santini Basra Using the education futures that were created in the first task group workshop, we ran a second workshop in which participants were challenged to create a vision of a University of Edinburgh that would exist within their worlds. In each instance, they had to consider what the University…

NFT methods: community scoping and crafting worlds

— From Zoë Prosser and Santini Basra Unpacking the community scoping phase The first phase of the NFT project, ‘Community Scoping’, has generated a large amount of content: the vox pop interviews are summarised in a series of thematic videos, while earlier blog posts capture outcomes from several workshops, think tanks and focus groups with…

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 #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 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…