"Preparing Together for the Future of Online Learning" | Online Educa Conference | Berlin, November 30, 2011.
|"He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."
George Orwell, 1984
December is a magical month for many reasons, but one that tends to stick out is the annual tradition of prophesying the future: fantastic declarations of flying cars, personal jetpacks, the death of the LMS, and other evidence from the intersection of wish fulfillment and magical thinking. Considering the future, however, should not require mastery of a ouija board, particularly if the reason for prognosis is to offer ways to conceive and prepare for a better tomorrow. Participants of the pre-conference workshop "Preparing Together for the Future of Online Learning" at the world's largest technology-supported learning conference learned how to consider the future by applying Royal Dutch Shell's scenario planning.
The workshop design was stunningly effective:
Shell invited CorpU to participate in this workshop, and the discussion offered a fruitful consideration of the way that changes in technology, workforce attributes, and economics will affect the way work is organized and done, and its impact on what learning and development planners should consider when thinking through their budgets and plans. The four scenarios present interesting alternative futures, and reminded participants to
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