1st Edition

Digital Futures for Learning Speculative Methods and Pedagogies

By Jen Ross Copyright 2023
    224 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Digital Futures for Learning offers a methodological and pedagogical way forward for researchers and educators who want to work imaginatively with "what’s next" in higher education and informal learning. Today’s debates around technological transformations of social, cultural and educational spaces and practices need to be informed by a more critical understanding of how visions of the future of learning are made and used, and how they come to be seen as desirable, inevitable or impossible. Integrating innovative methods, key research findings, engaging theories and creative pedagogies across multiple disciplines, this book argues for and explores speculative approaches to researching and analysing post-compulsory and informal learning futures – where we are, where we might go and how to get there.

    Part 1: Understanding learning futures 1. Introduction 2. How learning futures are made 3. Complexity, emergence and learning futures 4. Speculative approaches to research and teaching Part 2: Speculative objects to think with 5. Teaching at scale, automation and a speculative teacherbot 6. Working with digital futures for learning through student-generated open educational resources 7. Artcasting and digital cultural heritage engagement futures 8. Telling data stories to explore the future of surveillance Part 3: Keeping learning futures moving 9. Speculative methods and digital futures research 10. Speculative pedagogies and teaching 11. Keeping learning futures moving


    Jen Ross is Senior Lecturer in Digital Education in the Moray House School of Education and Sport, Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education and an Edinburgh Futures Institute Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

    “Ross shows pathways to how futures perspectives can inventively change research and education. [She] convincingly shows that we cannot afford to refuse facing uncertainties of the future . . . speculative practices are entangled with theories and conceptual skills, and ways in which speculative practices blur borders between learning and research. These insights have been inspirational for my own team’s experiments with speculative methods.”
    —Ylva Lindberg, Jönköping University, Sweden, for Postdigital Science and Education

    “This is an incredibly important book . . . about the future of education [and] how we can think differently about what education is for and how we deliver it.”
    —Dave O’Brien, Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries, University of Manchester, UK