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Futures Courses: Personal and Professional Development

The Institute for the Future @ Anne Arundel Community College offers online courses on the future.  Whether you're looking for a college level undergraduate course on the future or you want to explore the future for personal or professional development, you can find modules or courses to suit your interest.
Noncredit Courses
  • Noncredit Personal and Professional Development on the Future. Mix and match these modular brief noncredit offerings to best suit your needs. Organizations may select sets of modules to meet their corporate training needs. Each module is  a "free-standing"  learning unit that contains a set of learning objectives, before- and after-self assessments, a contributing facilitator, and opportunities to meet others through online discussion.

Here's a snapshot of the modules:

FTR 501 Welcome to the Future. Expand your knowledge of futuring and futurists. Explore the value of thinking about and constructing the future. Discover new opportunities opened up in the present by investigating the future. Type FTR501 in the search aacc Course site in the upper right corner of this page for dates for this online module.

FTR 502 Perspectives on the Future. Discover new views of the future. Explore the future as an extension of "history, " a product of systems or emerging chaos and more.  Contrast these views with your view and those views of others. Type FTR502 in the search aacc Course site in the upper right corner of this page for dates for  this online module.

FTR 503 Driving Forces. Explore major forces that influence our future. Envision ways that these forces might impact us on the global, societal and individual levels. Share your views with other course participants.  Type FTR503 in the search aacc Course site in the upper right corner of this page for dates for this online module.

FTR 504 Dealing with Change. Learn about forces that drive change. Examine ways that change presents itself in the present and the future. Explore the impacts of change. Type FTR504 in the search aacc Course site in the upper right corner of this page for dates on this online module.

FTR 505 Basic Futures Tools. Recognize the existence and potential use of futures tools. Understand the conditions under which these tools could best be used. Experience the use of some fundamental futures tools.  Type FTR505 in the search aacc Course site in the upper right corner of this page for dates for this online module.

FTR 506 Creativity and the Future. Explore creativity as a necessary skill in the 21st century.  Discover how creativity produces change.  Recognize the use of creativity in building futures. Type FTR506  in the search aacc Course site in the upper right corner of this page for dates for this online module.

FTR 507 Responsibility for the Future. Explore the meaning of responsibility for the future. Consider  “who?” or “what?”   is responsible.  Type FTR507 in the search aacc Course site in the upper right corner of this page for dates for this online module.


Ed Cornish's book, Futuring is required. It may be obtained from the Anne Arundel Community College College Store for $19.95 + shipping and tax, or from World Future Society.