Don’t worry, this is a not a waffle about Busted or even the progression of my radio station. When I am writing this waffle I’m actually thinking about the year 2020, but I just couldn’t resist a reference to the BUSTED song. Why am I thinking about the year 2020 – well, we all know that technology and the way we learn is changing rapidly. Trying to predict what the technology will be like in a thousand years is virtually impossible although within education, we need to definitely engage with what the learners will be using within the next four to five years in order to ensure that we are ready to accommodate these changes within modules. So this waffle is all about what I think we should be preparing for in anticipation of the learners of 2020.
So this week’s waffle is about another section of the Horizon Report on Technology in Higher Education.The last time I waffled about this I focused on the Flipped Classroom – this week I’m going to focus on something which I really want to get more involved with – so grab those open badges, those actions and levels and prepared to be enjoy some gamification.
While completing my annual leave this week I was able to listen in on the tweets from the Association for Learning Technology Conference from Warwick University. Although I was unable to attend the actual conference, sitting in drinking coffee watching and interacting with the tweets was very interesting and, being still new to higher education and learning technologies, allowed me to gain an insight to the views and opinions within the learning technology community. It also allowed me to add more learning technologists to my personal learning network on Twitter! One point of discussion which I found very interesting was whether to enforce or encourage the use of technology within learning. Of course, after thinking about this, I couldn’t resist writing a waffle about it.