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Eight Questions for Innovative Educators

Posted in Aging Services, Change, Creativity, Education, Higher Education, Innovation

(Editor’s Note: I’m currently working with the Office of Resource Development and Innovation at the Minneapolis Public Schools to deliver a four-part leadership development series on future technologies, the need for “unlearning” and the importance of change management. The office is currently seeking grants applications for innovative blended-learning school models and, in order to help…

The Future of Higher Education Has Arrived

Posted in Education, Future, Futurist, Higher Education

“Students who demonstrate their mastery will be able to receive a certificate of completion for free.” Re-read that last sentence again: “Students who demonstrate their mastery will be able to receive a certificate of completion for free.” If you’re in the field of higher education it should send a cold chill down your spine because…

The Rise of the Digital Book

Posted in Books, Education, Future, Futurist, Higher Education, Publishing

Trey Radcliff has an excellent piece over at GigaOm discussing why e-books will be bigger than expected. I agree with his analysis. I also agree with the statistics outlined in this article, Apple to Give Lesson on Textbooks: By 2020 digital textbooks and learning content will represent more than 50% of the overall textbook market….

Futurist Jack Uldrich's Predictions for 2012

Posted in Agriculture, Cancer, Futurist, General, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Higher Education, Mobile, Predictions, Retail/Marketing, Social Media, Transportation

#1: In an attempt to appease consumer unease over the growing use of facial-recognition technology, a handful of retailers will admit prior to “Black Friday” that they have deployed the technology during the 2012 Holiday season but will claim they are using it only as a “safety tool” to monitor crowds and prevent unruly shopper…

The Future of Higher Education: A Cloudy Forecast

Posted in Education, Future, Futurist, Higher Education, Trends

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from our forthcoming book, 20/20 Foresight: A Futurist Looks Ahead to the Ten Trends That Will Shape the World of 2020, which I am writing with the able assistance of fellow futurist Simon Anderson, host of www.futur1st.com. This chapter takes a look at the future of higher education.) In 2002,…

Creating the University of the Future, Today

Posted in Education, Future, Higher Education

Last evening, I had the pleasure of participating in a strategic planning session with the senior management team from one of the world’s largest online universities. I began my session by noting how Cisco (just yesterday) announced that by 2015—or in just 4 short years—the number of network-connected devices will quadruple to 15 billion—or twice…

Brain Cells, Mind Maps and the Universe

Posted in Change, Education, Higher Education

Take a look at the pictures to the right. The symmetry between microscopic neurons and a macroscopic galaxy is rather surprising. Is there a connection between the two? Honestly, I don’t know but I do believe the human mind is capable of discovering the answer. To this end, I invite you to watch this six…

A Futurist’s First Lesson

Posted in Education, Future, Futurist, Higher Education, Other

For reasons I can’t entirely recall now, my freshman year of high school began on Friday, September 1, 1978–the day before the Labor Day weekend, or, what is traditionally regarded as the last official weekend of summer. I will never forget the very first lesson of my first class–Social Studies I. It began promptly at…


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