Future/s of Education

We respond to, and reflect on, the future/s of education through innovations in teaching and learning. We believe higher education has an important role to play in creating citizens who are equipped with interdisciplinary tools, creativity, and innovation that can help us face the challenges of the rapidly changing world, including advancements in AI, data and digital technologies.

Some articles originally published on the University of Edinburgh’s Teaching Matters blog ‘Showcasing Edinburgh Futures Institute’ series.

“Much of a university’s value lies in its ability to build coherent and compelling curricula based on research, expertise, and deep knowledge, and we need to understand and preserve the value of that while also accounting for rapid social, technological and planetary change…”

Prof. Sian Bayne, Co-Director of Education

Wading through the weeds: The necessity of mentorship in an interdisciplinary environment

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Postgraduate student Zhi Kang Chua highlights the value of mentorship and shares his reflections engaging with the contemporary city spaces through fieldwork.


Experiential Learning at EFI 

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Vlada Kravtsova and Sarah Harvey discuss how the Edinburgh Futures Institute approaches experiential learning.


ChatGPT and AI in post-graduate education

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Jane McKie, Stuart King and Lynda Clark explore the use of text generation software such as ChatGPT in their teaching.


Mixing it up: text remix as an interdisciplinary test case

Jane McKie and Lynda Clark showcase how their postgraduate programmes equip students to work on collaborative solutions to global challenges.


EFI and the year gone!

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EFI Director of Education Kate Orton-Johnson takes stock of EFI’s first year of delivering Postgraduate Taught courses, reflecting on lessons learnt along the way.


Where is our home? Reflections on engaging with asynchronous teaching in EFI

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Jen Ross reflects on engaging with asynchronous teaching at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and discusses how this practice shapes EFI’s wider teaching culture.


Lessons from the fusion classroom

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Alex Penland speaks from their experience as both student and educator on how the fusion classroom innovatively fosters adaptability.


Engaging students online

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Dr James Lamb shares his experience with fusion teaching and reflects on ways to improve student engagement online by thinking beyond the face-to-face/online dichotomy.


Showcasing the Edinburgh Futures Institute

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Mike Bruce introduces Teaching Matters’ June-July Hot Topic series: Showcasing the Edinburgh Futures Institute. Mike Bruce is an Education Development Manager in Edinburgh Futures Institute.


Uncertain futures – how can education prepare us for what might lie ahead?

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The world is changing. Rapidly. Professor Sian Bayne, tells us more about how higher education can develop to meet the demands of an uncertain future.

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