Why you ought to join?
Since March 2020, the Corona pandemic has challenged higher education to rethink and innovate. With no forewarning, students were migrated to online learning alternatives. Leaders, administrative staff and lecturers found themselves walking on water, to use a familiar metaphor. At that time, when institutions closed down all over the world, few would have imagined that the lock-down would last for more than a few weeks. Now we know different. And we know that the impacts of the pandemic has been felt very differently around the world. We also realize that educators and leaders alike have been faced with daunting challenges. Many had little experience with online teaching. From one day to the next, that became the primary mode of learning interaction.
In recognition of this, the Future Learning Lab like many other research and innovation centers now face a challenge to collect and make sense of individual and institutional experiences with transitions to online learning. In years to come, institutions of higher education will want to transit back to a more familiar world of campus-based teaching and learning. Yet, some changes are more permanent.
Our invitation since 2017
By setting up the Future Learning Global Network we invite past attendees at our events and from our projects to join with new members to create a community of sharing and collaborative efforts to make sense of the post-Corona challenges of blending the benefits of the digital ecosystem with emergent global networks of educators seeking to innovate and develop “Smart Universities”. As the video to you right references, we made “Smart Universities” our summit theme in 2017. So what is a smart university, it not an institution that manages to learn from past challenges, review its practices, invite “the new” but in a critical and sense-making fashion. “Everyone” is talking about education after Corona. Most institutions pursue their agendas. If ever there was a time for educators, researchers, and innovators to band together, it simply seems to be now.
About the network
Future Learning Lab is a research center originating in Norway, with members from a growing number of countries and institutions, functioning primarily as an international network, with an annual event drawing the community together: The World Learning Summit. The network counts among its members and summit attendees key industrial innovators, well-known intellectual thought leaders, professors, entrepreneurs and PhD students. Over the years we have engaged with Google, EdCast, Gates Foundation, MIT, Harvard, Stanford University, Open University of the Netherlands, Dell, Nordic Innovation, UNESCO and more. We engage with the Nordic Ed Tech community, research councils and independent innovation stakeholders.
By setting up a global network, we want to invite wider by opening up for self-subscription. We encourage a “coming together” of peers sharing our concern with the future of learning in a world marked by accelerating digitalization and globalization.
Not meant as a criticism, academics “talk” in specialized journals that seldom reach beyond the specialized community. Yet, most of the challenges we face, are interdisciplinary and they pass beyond the concerns of research. They pass into policy, and they challenge entrepreneurship. But where is the common discussion arena?
Our network provides a space for articulating ideas at all levels from inception to completion, from research to implementation. We encourage forum discussion on creating online courses, generally and in particular fields.
We encourage sharing of ideas, experiences, pressure points and felt needs for support.
By signing up to this network, you will be invited to share and to learn. Members have privileged access to our encompassing networks of contacts, prioritized roles of interaction in our webinars and conferences, as well as favorable financial terms when publishing research papers, pitches and online courses on our Future Learning platform.
We´re not here to make money. We´re here to counteract the many forces that prohibit scholars and innovators from doing what they should: We want to contribute to the strengthening of scholars and entrepreneurs in a public sphere that for too long has been controlled by big publishing houses, administrative regimes that “count” but do not “qualify.”
Ideas should be heard. That is one of the classic ideals of the university as an institution.
Join us to shape a meaningful and global dialog.
Join the Future Learning Global Network