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

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Looking globally: the future of education

Introduction and 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.

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 forum discussions and collaborative online tools, interactive activities, audio-visual and written texts, and two quizzes. Full guidance on how to get the most out of these tools can be found in our Help with using this course [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] document.

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.

This course will run from 8 August 2019 through to 30 June 2020, when it will be closed for some annual maintenance and then reopen with similar dates for 2019/2020.