Japanese Students' Digitally Enabled Futures Images: A Synergistic Approach to Developing Academic Competencies

Japanese Students' Digitally Enabled Futures Images: A Synergistic Approach to Developing Academic Competencies

Michael Vallance (Future University Hakodate, Japan) and David L. Wright (Future University Hakodate, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-779-4.ch009
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Abstract

This chapter illustrates how a Futures Studies approach encourages Japanese students to strategically analyze their futures by anticipating problems and stimulating collaborative solutions. Supported by creative digital media integration, students become active participants of a learning process that results in measurable outcomes of academic competencies. Two foresighting contexts are provided: local community and personal employment futures. Data from both are analyzed for the effectiveness of digitally enabled Futures Studies in promoting academic competencies of students in Japanese Higher Education. The article concludes with personal critiques from digitally enabled learning and Futures Studies perspectives.

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