Dates: October 25-27, 2012
Location: Arizona State University


The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education in collaboration with the ASU Center for Games and Impact, the ASU Center for Science and Imagination, and the Carnegie Mellon Working Examples Project is sponsoring two symposia at Arizona State University (ASU) on October 25-27, 202:

The Perils and Possibilities of Emerging Technologies for Learning and Assessment
This project will discuss emerging technologies in the context of how we can put them to the best uses for the most people in the service of vision for schools and society in the modern world. Among other things, we will use Working Examples (a platform designed at Carnegie Mellon and supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Gates Foundation) to resource our discussion of the future just about to grow, for better or worse, and how we can tend its growth in desirable directions. Working Examples are sketches of a concrete practice in learning, education, or assessment that its author supports and wants to advocate for. This will help focus the discussion not on critique of what is wrong, but on concrete proposals of what could be right and good.

Science and Imagination: The Future We Want and How to Get There
This project is about letting the imagination free to image, in as concrete terms as we can, the long term future we want and how we might make it happen over the long haul. The project is about "high-hanging fruit" and what the arts, humanities, social sciences, and hard sciences have together to offer for Imagineering a better, more equitable future for all learners across the globe. How can learning, education, and assessment address the long term needs for human growth and survival in a world filled with risky complex systems and seriously unaddressed national and problems? Among other things, we will use "design fictions" to resource our discussion of makeable futures. Design fictions are concrete images of something that can capture a view of what a desired and possible future might look like.

This event asks us to imagine the longer term future for learning and education we want and how we could make it happen, not in terms of abstractions, but in terms of what might actually exist and happen in such a future. The project asks us to liberate ourselves from the taken-for-granted assumptions that a sole focus on the near future often brings us and to leverage contributions from all areas and domains, from fiction to science. There will be overlap in the people in the two projects and significant cross-talk between them.

Information regarding the event and the presentations can be found at If you have questions or comments please contact us at