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The 2011 Horizon Report was released few days ago. The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the NMC’s Horizon Project, a research-oriented effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning, and creative expression within higher education. Like the reports published in previous years, the 2011 Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited for 2011 are:

1. Electronic Books (1 year or less)

2. Mobiles (1 year or less)

3. Augmented Realty (2-3 years)

4. Game-based Learning (2-3 years)

5. Gesture Based Computing (4-5 years)

6. Learning Analytics (4-5 years)

The following key trends and critical challenges are discussed in the executive summary.

Key Trends:

  • The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing.
  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.
  • The world of work is increasingly collaborative, giving rise to reflection about the way student projects are structured.
  • The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized.

Critical Challenges:

  • Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
  • Appropriate metrics of evaluation lag behind the emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching.
  • Economic pressures and new models of education are presenting unprecedented competition to traditional models of the university.
  • Keeping pace with the rapid proliferation of information, software tools, and devices is challenging for students and teachers alike.

The 2011 Horizon Report can be downloaded at:

http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2011-Horizon-Report.pdf (1.6Mb, 40 pages)

Also, you can view and comment on the Web version of 2011 Horizon Report at:

http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2011/

 

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