Active participation in the conversations around the future of teaching and learning
Eric is a learning futurist, tinkering with and designing technologies that may better inform the future of teaching and learning. Eric's projects have included augmented tourism rallies, AR community art exhibitions, mixed reality escape rooms, and other experiments in immersive technology.
Professor - Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
Research Coordinator - MAVR Research Group
Founder - Together Learning
Developer - Reality Labo
Community Leader - Team Teachers
Chair - World Learning Labs
Humble Supporter - TEDxKyoto
Interactive Media - Forever Kyoto
Author - The Augmented Learner
To understand the factors and technologies reshaping how humans happily teach, learn, work, and grow.
• Open Knowledge - Free and open access to information is a foundation to a productive modern life, connected to ideas of the open web and platform agnosticism.
• Privacy by Design - Business models are increasing moving toward supporting revenue by collecting, curating, and trading behavioral surplus through technology. These models should be tempered with safety, ethics, and privacy concerns and designed as such.
• Digital Literacy for All - An informed public about the use of technology is key for a responsible and engaged digital society.
• The Future of Teaching and Learning
• Immersive Learning Design
• Augmented and Virtual Learning Development
• Designing Mixed Reality Learning Environments
• Digital Citizenship, Privacy, and Ethics
• Digital and Immersive Tourism
• AR/VR/MR/XR Research
• Automation in Teaching and Learning
Developing and implementing augmented and virtual learning environments.
Conducting research in immersive learning.
I work with districts, schools, and companies to best design and deploy technology for teaching and learning. I have helped set up immersive learning labs, designed online courses, and consulted on technology initiatives in different contexts.
I feel the need to do public outreach on issues in schools and society from immersive technology integration. There are many initiatives going forward before important questions are asked. I want to help guide the conversation so we can transition to this new era of our schools and learning in the best way possible.
The title of "learning futurist" refers to an individual who focuses on predicting and preparing for the future of education and learning. This role is important to higher education institutions because it helps them stay ahead of emerging technologies and changes in the way people learn. By anticipating and adapting to these shifts, institutions can ensure that they are providing relevant and effective education to their students.
One key aspect of the role of a learning futurist is to identify and analyze trends in emerging technologies, such as augmented reality and artificial intelligence, and to understand how they may impact education in the future. This may involve researching and staying up-to-date on the latest developments in these fields, as well as participating in professional development opportunities and networking with other experts.
In addition to staying informed about new technologies, learning futurists also work to understand the ways in which these technologies can be leveraged to enhance learning experiences and outcomes. This may involve designing and implementing educational programs or resources that incorporate these technologies, or working with faculty and staff to help them integrate these technologies into their teaching practices.
Another important aspect of the role of a learning futurist is to anticipate and prepare for potential disruptions in education that may result from emerging technologies. This may involve developing strategies for dealing with the challenges that these technologies may bring, such as the potential for increased automation and the need for new skills. It may also involve working with higher education institutions to adapt their curricula and programs to keep pace with these changes.
The essential activities of a learning futurist generally involve staying informed about emerging technologies and trends in education, analyzing the potential impact of these technologies on learning and teaching, and developing strategies for leveraging and preparing for these changes. This may involve researching and staying up-to-date on the latest developments in fields such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and educational data analytics, as well as participating in professional development opportunities and networking with other experts in these areas.
On a day-to-day basis, a learning futurist may engage in a wide range of activities, depending on the specific needs and goals of the organization they are working for. Some common tasks might include:
- Designing and implementing educational programs or resources that incorporate emerging technologies
- Working with faculty and staff to help them integrate these technologies into their teaching practices
- Developing strategies for dealing with the challenges that emerging technologies may bring, such as the potential for increased automation and the need for new skills
- Adapting curricula and programs to keep pace with changes in education and learning
- Conducting experiments and pilot projects to test new ideas and technologies
- Collaborating with other experts and stakeholders to develop and implement innovative approaches to education
Projects come and go, but these are the ones that have stuck around.
A community of technology minded learners. Exploring human potential... together.
Augmented reality enhanced learning environments and mixed reality rapid prototyping.
Engaging in different communities of practice, research, and business to gain insight to the issues from as many viewpoints as possible.
Adobe Education Leaders are dedicated to enhancing creativity and collaboration and improving the teaching and learning experience. They share their expertise through workshops and conferences and help develop standards-based curriculums that are used worldwide.
The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program recognizes and supports top educators who are excited to grow professionally, advocate for impactful technology, and innovate to improve classrooms, schools and local communities.
Explore the 'why' in each of us to better communicate with teams and engage with communities
Finding a north star to guide us into the future and supporting each other in moving toward it.