Represent Connecticut College in the Horizon Report

nmc_itunesu.HR2014_0Yesterday the New Media Consortium (NMC) with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) released the Horizon Report 2015 Higher Education Preview. If you’re not familiar with the annual Horizon Report, it examines emerging technologies that will have an impact on teaching and learning and is relied upon by campus leaders and practitioners to plan and make decisions. This year’s higher education report is divided into three sections: key trends, significant challenges, and important developments. The final report will include an overview, implications for policy and practice, additional reading, and real-world examples for each identified technology.

This year NMC and ELI are soliciting examples to include in the full Horizon Report 2015 – Higher Education Edition. You can read the preview here (6 pages). Here are this year’s categories, let us know if you are working on a project or conducting related research and think it should be included in the full report! Submissions are due December 22nd and only require a title and two-sentence description.

I.  Key Trends Accelerating Higher Ed Tech Adoption 
 
Fast Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in Higher Ed for the next one to two years
• Evolution of Online Learning
• Rethinking Learning Spaces
 
Mid-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in Higher Ed for the next three to five years
• Increasing Focus on Open Educational Resources
• Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment
 
Long-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in Higher Ed for five or more years
• Agile Approaches to Change
• Growing Importance of Open Communities and University Consortia
 
 
II.  Significant Challenges Impeding Higher Ed Tech Adoption
 
Solvable Challenges: Those which we both understand and know how to solve  
• Adequately Defining and Supporting Digital Literacy
• Blending Formal and Informal Learning
 
Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive
• Complex Thinking and Communication 
• Integrating Personalized Learning 
 
Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address
• Competition from New Models of Education 
• Relative Lack of Rewards for Teaching  
 
 
III.  Important Developments in Educational Technology in Higher Ed
 
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
• Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
• Flipped Classroom
 
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
• Makerspaces
• Wearable Technology
 
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
• Adaptive Learning Technologies
• The Internet of Things

 

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