Open SIG event: Onsite DiP+CHEF seminar and workshop


Speculation: designing futures for higher education
 - with Professor Siân Bayne, University of Edinburgh

DateMarch 8, 2023, 14.00-16.00 CET, followed by networking reception

  • Part 1, 14.00-16.00: Seminar and workshop – Open and free to all
  • Part 2, 16.00-18.00: Networking reception – Open and free to all


  • CHEF+DiP workshop, Nobelparken, Campus Aarhus, Building 1483, Room 344 
  • CHEF+DiP Wine Reception, Nobelparken, Campus Aarhus, Building 1483, Room 616

Fee: The event is free of charge and open to all, but there are limited seats available

Deadline: March 1, 2023

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Link Arrow Professor Siân Bayne, University of Edinburgh directs the Link Arrow Centre for Research in Digital Education, at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. She is also Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and Assistant Principal Education Futures for the university. 

Presentation and Workshop
This session will focus on speculative methods, and how university communities might come together to imagine preferable futures for higher education. Professor Bayne will start by introducing her recent work on participative and speculative design for the future of digital education within universities, using two concrete examples from the University of Edinburgh. These will illustrate how focused, participative visioning work across the university community (in this case through the Link Arrow Near Future Teaching project) can be used to inform a large-scale, strategic project – in this case the Link Arrow Edinburgh Futures Institute – which centers the practices, aspirations and work of staff and students.

We will then work together on some ‘hands-on’ speculation, using a set of recent scenarios and micro-fictions developed at Edinburgh, which aim to help university communities conceive and define new futures.

Networking receception
Drinks & buffet reception with continued discussion, exploration of methods/tool-kit and networking.

Reading material

  • Bayne, S. & Gallagher, M. (2021). Near Future Teaching: practice, policy and digital education futures. Policy Futures in Education, (19)5).
  • Bayne, S. et al (2020) The Manifesto for Teaching Online. MIT Press.
  • Bayne, S. and Gallagher, M. (2019) Near Future Teaching: co-designing a values-based vision for digital education at the University of Edinburgh. Link Arrow
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