If you’ve ever joined a Future Trends Forum with Bryan Alexander, you know it’s the best webinar series in education.
The Future Trends Forum is an unusual program. It’s an open yet curated space for exploring the future of higher education with a wide range of interested people.
It is not a typical webinar. There are no slideshows or canned presentations.
Instead, each Forum is devoted to conversation: between excellent guests, a moderator, and up to 900 participants from across higher education and the world.
Each week a different guest – an inspiring expert, visionary, practitioner, or researcher – converses about their area of interest. The moderator kicks off the discussion with a question or two, then facilitates further questions and comments generated by participants via chat, video, and Twitter. Conversation flows organically. Discussion is the name of the game, as we encourage the entire audience to actively engage.
Guests have ranged from university presidents to librarians, startup founders to critical journalists, leading technologists and accreditors, Emmy and Peabody winners, science fiction writers and futurists, gubernatorial candidates and visionary professors. They are associated with entities like the United States Department of Education, Google, the University of Cambridge, and the Digital Public Library of America. They have included Audrey Watters, Martin Dougiamas, Anya Kamenetz, Cable Green, Curtis Bonk, Robbie Melton, George Siemens, Casey Green, Deanna Marcum, Jim Groom, Robert Archibald, Phil Long, Gardner Campbell (Campus Technology article), Will Richardson and Richard DeMillo, and more.
Topics have covered a wide range, such as: open education, financing education, blockchain and other emerging technologies, institutional transformation, testing and assessment, students hosting their own web content, connections between K-12 and post-secondary schooling, the Internet of Everything, and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic, to name a few.
If you’d like to speak out loud with participants, or to join guests, participants, and myself on stage, you should have a working microphone and camera.
Every week’s Forum enters our free and accessible archive. We record each event, then upload it to YouTube. Every recording is available here, for your free viewing, listening, commenting, linking, and embedded pleasure. Blog posts add my introductions, notes and any Twitter conversation.