Information and Communication Technology: Futuring Techniques/Tools

Title: Futuring Techniques/Tools: Understand and Demonstrate the use of Futuring Techniques/Tools in Technology
Discipline(s) or Field(s): Information and Communication Technologies
Authors: Len Bogner, Sylvia Tiala, Evan Sveum, Jerry Addie, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Submission Date: November 2, 2007

Executive Summary: The lesson topic Futuring Techniques/Tools is important to this course because the role of technology has a dramatic impact on many aspects of our lives it is important to study the effects it creates within individuals and in the global society. In order to do this not only do we need to look at the past but also we need to understand what directions it may take in the future. If we are to use the power of technology to improve lives of people then we must know what technologies will be commonplace and how to best apply them. Therefore, we must learn how to study and prepare for the future.

Learning Goals. The immediate academic learning goal of the lesson is to develop students’ ability to predict the future of technological advances by using futuring techniques/tools. A broader goal of the lesson was to develop students’ ability to understand technologies ripple effect on their lives, education, professions, and society.

Lesson Design. The Lesson Study is designed to use several different methods to try and comprehend if the students understand the concepts of futuring techniques/tools. The methods used include a quiz, a pre and post study question, an individual hands-on activity, and two hands-on team activities.

Major findings about student learning. The findings were mixed. The quiz and the team activity of creating a future wheel shows that students have an understanding of the importance of futuring techniques/tools. However, the individual activity shows a big disconnect between the goals of the Lesson Study and what the individual student retains about the futuring techniques/tools. The pre and post study question was indifferent in providing clear evidence of student understanding.

Education: Information & Communication Technologies and their Social Impact

Title: Information and Communication Technologies’ impact on society
Discipline(s) or Field(s): Technology and Education
Authors: Len Bogner, Evan Sveum, Kevin Olson and Pete Schlosser, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Submission Date: Fall 2005

Summary: The group came up with two learning goals for the course that fits into the larger objective of describing technology and its impact on individuals and the global society. First, expose the students to current topics in technology and how they relate to Information and Communication Technologies and second make the student aware of how Information and Communication Technologies affect us as individuals and as a global society. The team decided to use the laptop technology provided by the university in the lesson study.

Learning Goals:

  • Expose the students to current topics in technology and how they relate to Information and Communication Technologies
  • Make the student aware of how Information and Communication Technologies affect us as individuals and as a global society

The goals relate back to the course objective of “describing technology and its impact on individuals and the global society.”

Conclusions: Members of the Lesson Study team all agreed that they felt that the student learning goals were met. There was discussion about the verbs used in the goals. Exposure and awareness are not very measurable words. However, this was a 100 level introduction course and the learning goals were part of a larger course objective. The team, after revisiting the subject, believed that the verbs were appropriate. So the evidence of student learning, in the very limited scope of expose and awareness to the subject, was supported.

Some of the teams’ members were going to develop similar activities for other courses that they taught. They felt that using this activity repeatedly in a course could be an effective instrument in showing the students how to use the laptops for research in answering questions and a way to introduce new subjects.