The Class of 2032 Project

a design-based perspective for teacher creativity using new technology

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Design the Future

Class of 2032: Design the Future is a professional development program that promotes teacher creativity using new technology.At the heart of this work is a belief that technology is a tool used by humans; through creativity, individual practitioners have an opportunity to lead the charge in determining how best to utilize these tools to improve the learning experience. Although the program is designed for an in-person experience, a sequence of video tutorials is available inside the Design the Future app.

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The Class of 2032 Project includes producing a series of documentary films that explore relevant topics in our conversation about the future school experience. Specifically, these films investigate challenges impacting the Class of 2032 and beyond. The first installment, Class of 2032: Schooling for a Digital Culture, explored digital technology's participatory behaviors and examined its impact on formal education. A new film is currently in production that will investigate teacher creativity in response to the 2020 global pandemic.

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A Class of 2032 ideation workshop engages students, parents, and educators in a conversation about the future school experience. During an initial prototype phase in 2017, this workshop generated over 1500 unique ideas. Further workshops have produced even more ideas, which continue to evolve in response to emerging technologies and new education trends. Documentation of these ideas takes place within a biennial summary poster. Please contact us directly if you would like to organize an in-person (or virtual) workshop at your school.

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About the Project


Design the Future

the professional development program

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Ideation Workshop

ideas for the future of schooling

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Project Summary

Biennial poster 2016/17

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Schooling for a Digital Culture

The Team


Matthew Worwood

Matthew Worwood is the co-founder and principal investigator of the Class of 2032 Project. He received his doctorate of education at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in instructional design and technology. His research focuses on design-based approaches to support the creative development and implementation of educational technology. Matthew is also the Associate Director of Digital Media Design at the University of Connecticut and leads a statewide collaborative called Digital Media Connecticut.

Matthew's past work includes the documentary Creativity in Education: Exploring the Imbalance and Class of 2032: Schooling for a Digital Culture, and a collection of CT based education programs. He is also a proud parent of three young boys and a casual blogger at

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. Before 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.


  • Joel Salisbury (web design)
  • Nathan Carr (logo design)
  • Kate Kormushoff (logo design)
  • William Battle (assistant editor)
  • Danielle Brown
  • Elizabeth Caron
  • Thomas Lee
  • Brittney Garth
  • Michael Rivera Jr
  • Erik Lindsay
  • Matthew Bilmes
  • Kevin Richetelli
  • Bridget Costa
  • Aaron Seitz
  • DJ Rose
  • Mike Carlson
  • Evan Field
  • Doreen Maclellan

The Class of 2032 Project 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