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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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The phenomenon growth of social networking services/sites (SNSs) in recent years speaks to one of the defining features of Web 2.0 – the social web.  Today, social networking is very popular and digital native students already found social networking services integral to their daily life.  Many recent studies including my previous study indicate that social networking could be used in education to enhance students’ learning experiences and promote classroom communities of practice.

Approximately a year ago, Dr. Hsiu-Ting Hung and I conducted an exploratory study on the use of social networking technology to facilitate teaching and learning in the college classroom.  Our study set out to examine three regularly-scheduled courses at two public universities in Taiwan. Adopting the situated learning theory as the conceptual framework, our study attempted to answer two research questions: (1) What are students’ experiences with and views on the use of social networking sites in the courses under investigation? (2) What is the impact of using social networking sites to supplement face-to-face courses on students’ perceived sense of classroom community?

The findings of this study were presented at the 2010 SITE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education) International Conference in San Diego last week.   Overall, the results indicated that the majority of the students held positive attitudes towards the use of class social networks as a means to strengthen their connectedness among class members. Social networking in the observed classrooms was found helpful for promoting classroom communities of practice.  For more information about our study, please view the presentation shown below.  We welcome comments and suggestions.  Thanks.

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YouTube College


YouTube offers a new service called YouTube College where students can join their college and share videos only with students from their college. This is an interesting move by YouTube. YouTube College allows students to post videos and create groups that are only available to others in the same college. You can experience everything that is going on (from party videos to commencement clips) at your college. This is fun for the college students. However, I think YouTube College has educational potentials in teaching and learning. It is likely that more students and teachers will take advantage of the YouTube College by posting their educational videos, lectures, and projects clips for their classes. Unfortunately, YouTube does not offer an educational category that makes it difficult for users to find educational content. To join your YouTube College, all you need to get in is an email address from your college. However, if you signed up on YouTube with a different email address, you can change it when you join.

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