Future Trends in Technology and Education is a monthly assessment of current developments. FTTE looks for trends that might drive the future shape of higher education.
During each month I scan a variety of sources for information about developments in higher education, in technology, in academic computing, economics, policy, and others. This involves checking a curated set of RSS feeds, notes from selected thought leaders on Twitter, a series of print and electronic journals, newsletters, podcasts, and more. Additionally, FTTE readers send me news stories they deem of interest. I share many of these through social media in order to get feedback (is this story real? how do you think it will play out? is there a countervailing drive), crowdsourcing and expert-checking to build up intelligence about the story. Durable ones I compile in the FTTE report.
FTTE launched in 2011, which means I now have some years of longitudinal data to deepen those assessments. Some trends have built up over time, indicating a greater likelihood of persistence in the future. Others have fallen off, either because they stopped generating much attention or because they simply failed to have an impact.
Frequently Asked Questions about Future Trends in Technology and Education:
Q: Where did FTTE come from?
A: Bryan Alexander first developed it in 2011 at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE).
Q: How much does it cost?
A: As much as you like. That can be as little as zero.
Q: How can I tell you about some trend I’ve spotted?
Q: Why this bulletin format?
A: Because it’s economical and direct, aimed at people coping with information overload. If you’d prefer other formats, I reflect on these trends elsewhere: on this blog; in articles, chapters, and books; through interviews; across the Web.