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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Map of Future Forces Affecting Education

by Chad Wick, et al.
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 2 stars
Reviewed: May 04, 2011 by Teacher Education
Overview: KnowledgeWorks Foundation presents an interactive map of 2006 - 2016 forces affecting education. The link to this interactive map no longer works. The predictions have moved forward to 2020. The URL for the new advanced predictions is http://www.futureofed.org/forecast/
Learning Goals: Understand future forces from digital technology, advanced communication and the impact that knowledge sharing and collaboration have on all aspects of our society, including education.
Target Student Population: Futurists, social and educational planners
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: NA
Type of Material: Reference
Recommended Uses: Educational planning
Technical Requirements: Internet connection and current web browser and ability to play video clips

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: The identified forces that will have varying levels of impact on public and private education in the future are accurate and are capable of stimulating thoughtful discussion and action.
Concerns: The link to the interactive map no longer works, but has not been taken down from the site. It is not easy to link up to the newer predictions focused toward 2020. This severely limits the usability of the site.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The text-based category names and descriptions are still available and will provide some opportunities for discussion.
Concerns: The loss of the interaction limits the effectiveness of the map.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 2 stars
Strengths: The current site is not really usable as it was intended and those intentions described on the site.
Concerns: If the interactive map is not longer a viable tool, it needs to be removed, and the links to the newer projections from 2010 to 2020 need to replace it.

Other Issues and Comments: It is most disappointing to be able to see and hear the video clip explaining how to use the interactive map for finding details related to the predictions of future forces of education, and then to find that the link to that map does not work.