Dispatches from the Future – Academic Edition – November 12, 2022

Here’s a collection of links that I’ve been gathering up the last year – exploring the future of higher education. They come at the subject from a wide variety of angles – and represent a continuing horizon scan of things I’m interested in, and may be of interest to colleagues across higher ed. This sector is shifting and evolving just as most are. For the last three years…I’ve done similar scans my role as a Presidential Futures Fellow as part of the campus-wide PSU Futures Collaboratory. (Check out resources on Racism, Equity, Higher Education and the Future here – AND- resources on Neoliberalism and the Knowledge Economies Paradigm here.) Occasionally – I’ll drop some here as well. Hope you find them as interesting as I do. I’ve spent much of my career inside and around the edges of higher education – and there has never been a time that things are changing as rapidly as they are right now. What kind of future will we create for our universities and colleges?

The Quiet Invasion of Big Information – November 9, 2022

The Future of AI and Education: Some Cautionary Notes – October 17, 2022

Barcelona Students to Take Mandatory Climate Crisis Module in 2024 – November 12, 2022

New book: Unsettling the University: Confronting the Colonial Foundation of U.S. Higher Education – Out December 6, 2022 but first chapter online now.

New book: Handbook of Open, Distance and Digital Education – 2022 (Entire book open access)

Knowledges from the South: Reflections on Writing Academically – November 7, 2022

Do We Really Need New University Models? – October 5, 2022

Imagine We Are Starting a University Now – September 21, 2022

Google Scholar – Platforming the Scholarly Economy – September 29, 2022

The History of Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court – September 7, 2022

Review: After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics and How to Fix it – August 8, 2022

A Shattered Consensus: The End of College for Everyone – July 10, 2022

The Pandemic’s Lasting Lessons for Colleges from Academic Innovation Officers – May 17, 2022

Four Trends That Will Shape the Future of Higher Education – February 7, 2022

Shaping the Future of Higher Education in a Changing World – January 4, 2022

Advances in Social Work Summer 2021: Special Double Issue on Dismantling Racism in Social Work Education – November 1, 2021

New book: Creative Universities: Reimagining Education for Global Challenges and Alternative Futures – October 1, 2021 (Discussion of book here). (Author’s website supporting the books with additional info here.)

Future of Higher Education: Four Models Moving Towards 2040 – May 21, 2021

And a few interesting online tools of use to academics:

In 2019, the Institute for the Future engaged in a project specifically looking at the future of higher education as it might co-exist with blockchain technologies. This is a provocative short film to help viewers really think “out of the box.” The purpose of this piece is to imagine a world with this future. Learning is Earning.

For a wide variety of interview-type short videos all on topics concerning the future of higher ed – please check out Dr. Bryan Alexander’s Future Trends Forum.

Google has a new AI-anchored tool called “Talk to Books” where you can type in questions – and get quotes! Link here.

Handy Online Syllabus Maker resource – useful for some of the more tedious dimensions of that task.

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