The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends

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Course Date: 22 September 2014 to 03 November 2014 (6 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

Learn to think like a futurist! Futurism is not about predicting the future, but making informed decisions today that will impact future developments. The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends MOOC offered by the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University provides the planning skills and technology trends needed to create your personal and organization’s future. Knowing who and what to watch will keep you informed on the latest technology issues and trends that will impact the future. The Emerging Future MOOC is a professional development opportunity designed for information professionals and those interested in the topic. The MOOC is not offered for academic credit. SJSU SLIS graduate students who participate in the MOOC will not receive credit toward their master's degrees. The technology landscape changes rapidly, and these changes have economic, social, and ethical significance for individuals, organizations, and the entire world. The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends MOOC brings focus to the planning skills that are needed, the issues that are involved, and the current trends as we explore the potential impact of technological innovations. Participants will experience an interactive online learning environment via a wide range of tools and diverse materials (e.g., freely accessible readings, recorded presentations, and online videos), and they will have an opportunity to: Explore the current technological environment Become immersed in the literature and practices of current futurists Select appropriate resources to use in planning for new technologies. Discuss key impact factors and trends affecting our personal and global existence Engage with peers and instructors, heightening their learning and taking full advantage of this professional development opportunity. Earn badges and MOOC certification on completion of activities related to each of the modules.

Course Instructors

Sue Alman, PhD

Dr. Alman teaches in the fully online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the SJSU School of Library and Information Science./n/nDr. Alman was appointed to the full-time faculty at SJSU SLIS in 2012 after serving as a part-time faculty member since 1999. Her career highlights include teaching at the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh where she was Director of Distance Education and Outreach for the School of Information Sciences. She has been professionally active in the Sloan-C Asynchronous Learning Network and Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning, and she is the co-recipient of three (3) IMLS grants totaling nearly $3 million for online educational programs. Asynchronous learning and futurism are among her areas of interest./n/n

Jennifer Jumba, MLIS

Jennifer Jumba earned the MLIS degree after a successful career in sales and marketing. She works at the Cuyahoga County Public Library where she specializes in technology and youth services./n/n


  • Provides video lectures
  • Some of your work will be assessed by a content expert
  • Uses discussion forums
  • Contains external social networking participation or elements
  • Some of your work will be assessed by peers
  • You will not be given a final grade in this course
  • You will be expected to work with a group of other students
  • Intended for educators or professionals

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