Looking globally: the future of education
Looking globally: the future of education

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Looking globally: the future of education

Course guidance

In this free course, Looking globally: the future of education, you will be taken on a journey towards realising your vision for how education can best serve the next generation. In the course we focus on exploring the possible purposes for education. We introduce three alternative models for thinking about this and identify three global drivers that are affecting the world we live in, therefore affecting how education needs to be fit for the future. The course encourages you to reflect on these models and issues and helps you to refine your view about what you see as the most valuable purpose for education.

Who is this course for?

This badged course is open to all and can be studied on its own as a standalone course, but it has also been designed to sit alongside and feed into a postgraduate 60-credit masters (level 7) accredited module – EE830 Learning and teaching: educating the next generation. If you are participating in this way, please read the guidance in Studying this course alongside the EE830 masters module [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

If you are interested in signing up for this masters module, email FELS-Masters-Admin@open.ac.uk to find out more.

Regardless of whether you study this course on its own or as part of the masters course, you will be eligible for an Open University badge if you complete enough of the activities. For further details on what counts as eligibility for the badge and how to apply for it, see How do I achieve a badge for this course?

This course will run for a fixed period of 10 weeks. It will close on 17 January 2018.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • develop a personal vision for an education for the twenty-first century and beyond
  • recognise different ways of thinking about the purpose of education
  • think about how the world is changing and what is driving those changes before considering what education should be like in the future
  • reflect on the current system in which you work or have an interest, identifying what has been achieved and the most pressing issues.

To achieve the aims of this course, we have harnessed a number of different tools and approaches to allow you to engage fully with the ideas and information we have gathered. These include:

  • stimulating video, audio and written texts
  • support for note taking and mind mapping
  • forum discussions with peers
  • interactive activities in which you will categorise and prioritise ideas and concepts
  • collaborative online tools such as a ‘working wall’ and an OpenStudio ‘gallery’
  • two quizzes.

The following pages of this guidance section should provide you with all the information you need to use these tools and approaches effectively. You may prefer not to read through all this now, but to refer back to it as necessary while you work through the course.

We hope that you enjoy the opportunities both to challenge and to extend your thinking through individual reflection as well as through interacting with others. Your perspectives will greatly add to the learning opportunities afforded by this course, as you bring your individual backgrounds, experiences and contexts to the discussion of what is necessary to make education fit for the next generation. The in-course participation opportunities offer a taster of some of the types of activities you would engage in if you extended your learning to engaging with the masters module.

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