LEALA World Futures Learning Lab
With the support of the UNESCO PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME 2012-2013
The WFSF is setting up online learning infrastructures and procedures to run three pilot courses that will twine local face-to-face education with online learning of futures studies and foresight. Pilot courses take place in three separate locations: Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo; Cairo, Egypt, Penang, Malaysia. The project is directed to a diverse global audience, focusing especially on the needs of Africa, youth and developing countries. It will enable 60-90 young adults to become advocates of foresight with potential to influence others within their local communities. LEALA is also intended to increase the ability of WFSF community members to offer glocal courses. The project pays specific attention to the challenges of including in developing regions.
The three pilot courses and locations are very diverse and this makes them suitable pilots for the novel educational program being attempted. Pilot coordinators develop and define the local programme according to local needs and can to this end use the instruments offered in the context of LEALA. The main aim is to develop new approaches to providing tailored futures education in a variety of circumstances and environments. The project offers concrete experiment and experience and insight into the challenges of blended learning and of learning foresight. These may be expected to be usefull in evidence-based policy dialogues.
LEALA interprets futures understanding and practice as essential life skills and works on access to education for acquiring these skills (in line with UNESCO's Education for All goals 3 and 6). Inclusive access to quality educational resources, blending e-learning and face-to-face learning and the provision of a database of resources for foresight education are on the LEALA agenda.
More about the LEALA Project
The project develops global blended learning in futures studies, by creating an online teaching and learning environment guided by the needs of the three pilot courses. A substantial portion of the project involves live / on the ground courses. Three courses twine local and online learning of futures studies, piloting the effectiveness of the online educational environment. These three use-cases in LEALA serve to demonstrate how low-cost high-value local (but internationally oriented) courses can be set up in the developing and under-developed world.
While the WFSF has run many courses around the world, it has not yet twined local/face-to-face learning with newer types of global on-line engagement. The incorporation of the LEALA online functions and capacities is the 'pilot' aspect of the three pilot courses. This will develop the WFSF's capacity to:
1. Enrich local courses by live streaming global experts at low costs;
2. Allow a global audience to participate in a local course at low costs;
3. Allow interaction between local participants and global on-line participants;
4. Enable ongoing futures projects through a local-global interactive platform.