Education Summit: Innovation and Creativity in Learning


(E-1) Education Summit: Innovation and Creativity in Learning

Friday, July 17, 2009, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

8:30–9:00 a.m. Light Continental Breakfast

9:00–9:10 a.m. Overview of Day

Jay Gary (moderator), director and professor, School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia

9:10–9:55 a.m. How Web 2.0, Collaboration, and Public Information is Changing Higher Education

This session will explain how Web 2.0 services are truly pushing the academic envelope and in turn creating innovative way for higher education to accept and adopt these technologies into the classroom.

Michael Rihani, president and CEO, Koofers.com, Reston, Virginia

9:55–10:40 a.m. The Future of Mobile Devices for Learning

This presentation focuses on ways to use mobile computing devices, including notebook computers and cell phones, to engage students. The use of mobile devices as tools for data collection, research, organization, audio and video production, collaboration, and the improvement of writing skills will be explored, and the development and management of classroom projects using these devices will be discussed. The findings from a statewide one-to-one high-school laptop initiative will be shared, highlighting the nature of critical features, including the technology used, the setting, the implementation plan, and impact on student goals and objectives. Together we will forecast the future role of these tools and features for enhancing teaching and learning.
Gloria Steele, education consultant, Technology & Innovation in Education, Rapid City, South Dakota

10:40–10:55 a.m. Break

10:55 a.m.–12:00 noon Creating Academic Learning Futures in the UK

According to the OECD, higher education systems are being challenged by powerful forces from three interrelated fields: demography, funding availability, and technological innovation. Higher education institutions in the UK in particular are faced with two trends: a decline in the number of traditional learners, due to demographic changes and the introduction of tuition fees, and a rise in the number of nontraditional learners, driven by expansion of the knowledge economy, innovation in technology, and increased mobility. This discussion will focus on creating and exploring alternative futures for higher education through scenarios from emerging student voices. Taking the perspective of higher education and new technologies as complex systems, it will highlight possibilities for modeling futures using participatory and interactive methods.

Sandra Romenska, research associate for the project, Creating Academic Learning Futures, Leicester, United Kingdom

Gilly Salmon, professor of E-Learning and Learning Technologies, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00–1:45 p.m. Fostering 21st-Century Skills through Problem Solving International

(Includes students from the Chicago area to discuss their projects)

Learn about a program that utilizes creative problem solving, encourages students to research and analyze global issues of the present and the future, and provides the materials/tools for collaborative team work. The program also extends learning through the service learning component, Community Problem Solving, and the creative writing component, Scenario Writing, which is based 20–30 years into the future.

Marianne Solomon, executive director, Future Problem Solving Program International, Inc., Melbourne, Florida
Vicki Stein, program director, Future Problem Solving Program International, Inc, Melbourne, Florida

1:45–2:30 p.m. CoRT: Futurist Thinking Tools for Students

The only reason schools exist is to cultivate students who can think broadly about any topic. The only reason people with an education get hired is because of their ability to think. Great thinkers can help create great futures. We are going to explore and experience key CoRT thinking tools that help strengthen creative performance. The trick is to learn how to take charge of your thinking energy and to direct it with a laser sharp focus after selecting which thinking tool you will use.

Lynda Curtin, president, de Bono for Schools, Glendale, California

2:30–2:45 p.m. Break

2:45–3:45 p.m. Foresight Issues in Business and Society: Required Course at Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

The University of Notre Dame has decided to require a future studies course for all business students. Pilot versions of the course will have been taught to about 75 students before the requirement is instituted in 2009. About 500–600 students will take the required course each year in section sizes of about 25 students each. During the session, we will review course learning objectives, share the course syllabus and explain how the course is organized, discuss in-class activities and out-of-class assignments, and provide examples of research projects undertaken by students. It is expected that students will join in the presentation and share their experiences with the course.
Tom Frecka, professor of accounting, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Jay McIntosh, adjunct professor, university of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

3:45–4:30 p.m. 10 Trends Affecting the Future of Higher Education

American higher education has frequently been ranked as the best in the world. Is it still? Every major country in the world now recognizes higher education as key to global competitiveness and future prosperity. Yet major trends are affecting the quality and character of American higher education in significant ways. This session will review and analyze 10 major trends that already are influencing the future direction of higher education in the United States and beyond.

Ralph Wolff, president and executive director, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Alameda, California

4:30–4:45 p.m. Summary of Day’s Events

Jay Gary (moderator), director and professor, School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Comments

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