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Here is where we share the accounts and findings of the Near Future Teaching project including reports from our workshops, events and research. 

Testing the Near Future Teaching vision with school children

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 - 04:43

— 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... Read More

Phase 3: Testing Vision and Strategy

Wednesday, 14 November, 2018 - 14:46

— 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... Read More

Near Future Teaching: Vision Document Testing Workshops

Thursday, 4 October, 2018 - 09:08

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... Read More

Near Future Teaching methods: values within worlds

Tuesday, 10 July, 2018 - 09:41

— 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... Read More

NFT methods: community scoping and crafting worlds

Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 07:09

— 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 [insert link to videos], while earlier blog posts capture outcomes from several workshops, think tanks... Read More

Using futures thinking in the Near Future Teaching project

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 - 10:16

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... Read More

Near Future Teaching Workshop #2: a summary

Friday, 1 June, 2018 - 11:58

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... Read More

Near Future Teaching: reviews of the key trends

Monday, 28 May, 2018 - 16:04

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... Read More

Near Future Teaching Workshop #1: Divergent Thinking

Tuesday, 1 May, 2018 - 16:56

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... Read More

Near Future Teaching Methods and a Progress Report 

Thursday, 19 April, 2018 - 14:56

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... Read More

Near Future Teaching Focus Group: Medical Students

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 07:33

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... Read More

The student occupation: near future teaching at the real Edinburgh Futures Institute

Tuesday, 27 March, 2018 - 08:26

Students and staff constitute and give meaning to universities—and it is students and staff who should directly and co-operatively control their learning, their teaching, their research, and their contributions to the common good. At the time of writing, students and staff at the University of Edinburgh are 14 days into an occupation of one of... Read More

Internet of (Campus) Things: summary of a recent Festival of Creative Learning event

Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - 14:55

As part of the Festival of Creative Learning  and feeding into the Near Future Teaching project at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Jeremy Knox of the Centre for Research in Digital Education and I conducted a Near Future Teaching session called Internet of (Campus) Things at the uCreate Studio. We had done a similar session... Read More

Near Future Teaching Think Tank: Vets

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 14:20

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... Read More

Internet of (Teaching) Things

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 07:00

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... Read More

Learning Analytics: What has data ever done for me?

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 06:55

Friday saw a Future Teacher event at the Moray House School of Education on the subject of learning analytics and its role in the future of the university. Much promise, much potential, and lots of messy, but promising developments. The event was organised by Anne-Marie Scott of Learning, Teaching and Web Services, and the speakers were Dragan Gasevic, Yi-Shan Tsai, and Jeremy... Read More

Future Fictions Texts (2): Works Emerging from a Recent Workshop Imagining the Future of the University

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 04:14

We have received a second batch of works emerging as a result of a recent workshop on Future Fictions for Near Future Teaching. We are eager to present these here, two works imagining, in their own way, the future of the University of Edinburgh. Many thanks to James and Ana. I once dreamt I had a surface... Read More

Future Fictions Texts: Works Emerging from a Recent Workshop Imagining the Future of the University

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 04:09

As a result of a recent workshop on Future Fictions for Near Future Teaching, we have been fortunate enough to receive some of the work emerging from that event by several of the participants. We present these here, four works imagining, in their own way, the future of the University of Edinburgh. Many thanks to Daphne Loads,... Read More

Virtual Reality event at the uCreate Studio: the role of VR in reducing risk and building empathy

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 04:02

Exciting discussions on the use of VR in education and what values it may hold in the future! #VR @Jisc_AR @IF_Edinburgh— Elaine Ford (@ElaineDFord) November 2, 2017 A recent event organised by our colleagues at the Institute for Academic Development for the Future Teacher initiative explored the use of virtual reality currently and its potential use for... Read More

Blockchain: designing the future of value and credit

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 03:53

This session was delivered by Chris Speed and Kate Symons from the Centre for Design Informatics. Chris and Kate have made a fine art of the blockchain workshop they've developed to get people thinking creatively, and critically, about the implications of distributed ledger technology. Blockchain round 1! @NearFutureTeach— Sian Bayne (@sbayne) October 27, 2017 Opening up the prospect of significant changes... Read More

Digital and material design, the uCreate Studio, and Near Future Teaching

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 03:44

Hands-on the Future of Teaching | Near Future TeachingGet hands-on with 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality and more, discussing what technologies might be used in future classrooms at the University of Edinburgh, and discuss how our values can influence the decisions we make about technology for teaching.ed The Near Future Teaching project held a recent event... Read More

What the future of teaching should look like: discussions with the BME Liberation Group at Edinburgh University

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 03:34

"You are kind of left in the wilderness to scurry around and find yourself.” Earlier this year, Anouk Lang, Near Futures Teaching project task group member and Lecturer in Digital Humanities, ran a discussion session with members of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Liberation Group. This group, convened by Esme Allman, offers “a... Read More

DIY Filmmaking at the University of Edinburgh: Imagining future teaching through a smartphone

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 03:27

Notes from a recent Near Future Teaching event at the University of Edinburgh Making Films & Video Art w/Smartphones, parallel to today's @NearFutureTeach event on DIY Filmmaking @EdinburghUni— Michael Gallagher (@mseangallagher) October 5, 2017 I had been looking forward to the Near Future Teaching DIY Film School event since I first saw Stephen... Read More

Near Future Teaching Collider

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 03:22

The first Near Future Teaching event of the year happened in partnership with Design Informatics. Led by Chris Speed, the event brought together three speakers to deliver provocations loosely aligned to the theme of near future teaching, and finished with a series of collaboratively produced design approaches to our teaching futures. Be fearless. Explore the connections. The... Read More

Near Future Teaching Autumn Events

Saturday, 30 December, 2017 - 20:30

Online and In-person, so many ways to connect! Near Future TeachingHelp design the future of digital educationed Thought provoking... Will robots take over the jobs of teachers in the near future? #teachers #schools #AI #edtech— IGFL (@IGfLEE) July 21, 2017 We are delighted that our programme of events for Autumn 2017 is coming... Read More

Near Future Teaching Pilot Workshop 2

Saturday, 30 December, 2017 - 20:14

Festival of Creative Learning 2017 For our second Near Future Teaching Pilot Workshop, we hooked up with the Festival of Creative Learning. The model was similar to our first, though we decided to skip the intros to digital technologies at the beginning and instead to have prompt cards on each table that the participants could read... Read More

Near Future Teaching Pilot Workshop 1

Saturday, 30 December, 2017 - 17:49

Digital Education Futures On Tuesday evening, 24 January, 2017, I arrived at St Leonard's Hall at the University of Edinburgh's Pollock Halls buzzing with anticipation. I was delighted to encounter Professor Sian Bayne, Assistant Principal Digital Education, Institute for Education, Community and Society, as I was descending from the taxi with my 'box of fun'.... Read More