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As part of our crowdsourcing initiative our workshop has been designed to engage students, parents, and educators in a conversation about the future school experience. During our first year prototyping the workshop we asked the following questions; (1) What type of ideation session would be best suited to a typical 40-minute class period? (2) What type of ideation strategies would be most appropriate for this type of environment? (3) What other factors do we need to consider when challenging participants to generate ideas about the future school experience? Please contact us if you’re interested in scheduling a workshop at your institution.

Ideation Workshop [pdf] »


Running in conjunction with our crowdsourcing effort we are in production of a documentary film called Class of 2032: Learning for the Digital Age. The film includes interviews with notable educators, scholars, and futurists on what they think about the future of schooling. As of December 2016, all interviews have been completed and after entering post-production we have developed a better idea of our story, which will expect to focus more on the relationship with information, as opposed to specific advances in Digital Technology. We hope to share a trailer by July 2017, and the final film sometime in early 2018.

Original Film Synopsis [pdf] »

SUMMARY 2016/17

In 2016/17 we introduced Forced Connections – a divergent thinking strategy that has been proven to increase the number of ideas generated within an ideation session. We were also stricter on the number of participants per session, making every attempt to keep groups at a minimum of seven. Overall we saw an increase in the number of ideas generated in 2016/17 (1000+) compared to the number of ideas generated during the previous year (approx. 500). Find out what ideas were trending and how they compared among student, parent, and educator groups by downloading our 2016/17 Summary Poster.

Summary Poster 2016/17 »

About The Project

Stage One

Clarification and Ideation

Stage Two

Iterative Design and Story Finding

Stage Three

Designing our Visual Experience


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All submissions will be examined for their ideas on each theme and used to inform, and in some cases provide content, for the project’s documentary and culminating visualization.

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Samantha Olschan

Samantha Olschan is an artist, animator and educator with an M.F.A. in Film, Video & New Media: Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago & a B.F.A in Fine Arts: Electronic & Time-Based Media from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining the University of Connecticut Digital Media & Design Department, Samantha worked in broadcast design, animation, compositing and time-based visualization for television, films, documentaries and media agencies. She continues to research the future of storytelling through animation, design, interactivity & experiential narrative.

Teaching appointments in animation, media and design include University of Connecticut, Pratt Institute, Wesleyan University, Quinnipiac University, Columbia College, New York Film Academy & The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions and screenings include the Black Maria Film & Video Festival, P.O.V. Series (PBS), The ShortList (PBS), Visionfest, Tribeca Cinemas, Bumbershoot, Seattle International Film Festival, Boston Cinema Census, Boston Underground Film Festival, Conversations at the Edge, The Gene Siskel Film Center, Marblehead Film Festival & the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece.

Matthew Worwood

Matthew Worwood is Associate Director of Digital Media and Design, at the University of Connecticut. Formally a Digital Media Specialist at EDUCATION CONNECTION’s Center for 21st Century Skills, Matthew has worked on a variety of statewide education initiatives in digital media. Past work includes the creation of a digital media sequence for the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, establishing a 3D virtual world called IVCS2, and founding the Connecticut Student Film Festival.

Matthew is an Apple Distinguished Educator, with a Bachelor’s degree from City University London, a Post Graduate Education Certificate from Roehampton University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Studies, specializing in Creativity. As part of his studies Matthew produced a documentary that explored creativity in education, and is currently working on a crowdsourcing and visualization project called Class of 2032.

Matthew is co-founder of the blog, and serves as an Executive Board Member at the EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown, CT.


  • Nathan Carr
  • Danielle Brown
  • Kate Kormushoff
  • Elizabeth Caron
  • Joel Salisbury
  • Thomas Lee
  • Brittney Garth
  • Michael Rivera Jr
  • Erik Lindsay
  • Kevin Richetelli
  • Matthew Bilmes
  • Bridget Costa
  • Aaron Seitz
  • DJ Rose
  • Mike Carlson
  • Evan Field

Class of 2032 also acknowledges the generous support of the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Dean’s Grant Award and the Office of Vice President of Research.