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Roadmapping: Adaptive Roadmapping to Future Learning Landscapes -- 127 -- Demonstration

16:35 - 17:35 on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 in Computer Room

Innovation in a complex area such as TEL is increasingly being seen as an innovation ecosystem with multiple dependencies between players that need to be co-ordinate their efforts to bring about successful change. A coordinating loop needs to be established between users, providers, funders, researchers and developers, in parallel co-innovation efforts and sequential development.

The TEL-Map project is funded by the European Commission to enable stakeholders to share their insights on past and current TEL, forward thinking on TEL futures, the development of appropriate roadmaps and work towards actually implementing the desired futures for TEL in Europe.

Combining the widely adopted Future Search (2000), scenario planning approaches, together with participatory observatory techniques, the TEL-Map project has developed an Adaptive Roadmapping method, which seeks to overcome the limitations of earlier European roadmapping projects where “experts” produced roadmaps that were arguably not followed by others or were rapidly outdated by changing circumstances. In contrast, the TEL-Map approach seeks to support clusters of mutually dependent TEL actors with a shared concern or area of interest, whose participants already have a responsibility for moving it forward and between them have the resources, skills, authority, knowledge and need to bring about innovation. Initially, the UK HE cluster and the EU school cluster have been formed and participants have been working together to create their visions, desired futures and roadmaps for future TEL through face-to-face meetings and follow-up online activities.

In this demonstration, initial outcomes from TEL-Map's Roadmapping work produced by the school and the university clusters will be shared with the participants. In particular, we will provide an overview of the first phase of roadmapping cluster formation by taking the participants through the work of the UK HE cluster:

  • Pooling visions and working towards a shared Desired Future.
  • Listing assumptions and key areas of uncertainty, and projecting plausible alternative future contexts that the implementation effort will be operating in.
  • Placing the Desired Future in appropriate context scenarios, to develop a roadmap with alternative future pathways.

For the rest of the demonstration, participants will work in groups engaging directly with the HE cluster's effort by working with the supporting web site, commenting on and contributing to, and making further contributions to the work already there, thus gaining a hands-on understanding of the process and supporting tools.

We hope this demonstration will provide a unique opportunity for participants to explore the Adaptive Roadmapping approach and potentially join the existing roadmapping groups to create desired futures and implement them collaboratively.