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Students envisioning the future.

Lind, Thomas; Cajander, �sa; Sandblad, Bengt; Daniels, Mats; L�rusd�ttir, Marta; Clear, Tony; McDermott, Roger


Thomas Lind

�sa Cajander

Bengt Sandblad

Mats Daniels

Marta L�rusd�ttir

Tony Clear


How can students be included as critical stakeholders in the systems and services provided by a university? To address the whole student experience, we engaged students and employees at a large Swedish university in a vision seminar process to elicit how these groups envisioned an ideal future university, and the necessary changes to technology and organisational structures required to achieve this ideal version. The process entailed six four-hour workshops with four groups consisting of six participants each. A survey instrument was used to follow up on the participants' experiences of participating in the vision seminar process and their thoughts on the future of the university. The results show that the participating students were more positive compared to the university employees. The students envisioned harmonized interdepartmental systems, seamlessly integrating a variety of services into one university-provided solution. The employees envisioned their future work as flexible, enabled by technology providing excellent support without hindering pedagogical and organisational development. Using technological frames, these visions of the future are identified, analysed and discussed in relation to the quality of university education and a holistic view on students' university experience. Finally we discuss the broader implications of the visions on the future of university education.


LIND, T., CAJANDER, Å., SANDBLAD, B., DANIELS, M., LÁRUSDÓTTIR, M., MCDERMOTT, R. and CLEAR, T. 2016. Students envisioning the future. In Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electonic Engineers (IEEE) frontiers in education 2016 conference (FIE 2016): the crossroads of engineering and business, 12-15 October 2016, Erie, USA. Piscataway: IEEE [online], article ID 7757701. Available from:

Conference Name IEEE frontiers in education 2016 conference (FIE 2016): the crossroads of engineering and business
Conference Location Erie, USA
Start Date Oct 12, 2016
End Date Oct 15, 2016
Acceptance Date Mar 14, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 12, 2016
Publication Date Dec 1, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 20, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 20, 2017
Print ISSN 0190-5848
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Article Number 7757701
Series ISSN 0190-5848
ISBN 9781509017904
Keywords Student experience; Vision seminars; Futures; Participatory design; Technological frames; Student information systems; Student record administration
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