With our Eyes on the Horizon…

by Catherine Hillman on February 19, 2014

gazing into the futureHere at the CTLT, your instructional design team is dedicated to supporting new innovations in teaching and learning, while implementing the highest quality standards for pedagogy and delivery… however sometimes it feels like looking into a crystal ball to determine which methods, technologies and approaches are going to be the most significant for our faculty and students for any given year. Predicting the future trends in instruction makes us the local fortuneteller, or the bookie setting  a bar bet.

Thankfully, our crystal ball gets an annual adjustment from a terrific source, and we are now collecting on our bets from last year!

The New Media Consortium and Educause Horizon Report comes out each year about this time,  and it contains the result of a nationwide survey which seeks to discover the trends affecting higher education over several key time periods. This report helps us determine the upcoming near, mid-range, and far-reaching trends, and it also confirms or adjusts the predictions of the past report.

According to the 2014 Horizon report, these are the key issues facing higher education in the present, and near future:

Key Trends Accelerating Ed Tech Adoption in Higher Education
a. Online, Hybrid & Collaborative Learning
b. Social Media Use in Learning 
c. Creator Society (Creating learning objects, primarily video, screencasting & ebooks)

Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Ed

a. Flipped Classroom
b. Learning Analytics
Significant Challenges Impeding Ed Tech Adoption in Higher Education
- Faculty digital fluency must be improved (noted as top issue that can be identified and addressed)

We’re happy to report that we have won all of our bar bets this year!

Our 2013 programming included significant workshops on Flipped, hybrid and online learning, as well as Screencasting and our first official participants in the CSU Quality in Online Teaching and Learning (QOLT) recognition awards.  We held short workshops on the use of Twitter in teaching, and we launched the CTLT Facebook page. We are equipping faculty with new technology expertise in our Apple Genius workshop series. We have been helping faculty recognize the differences in face-to-face course delivery and the profound differences in online pedagogies that must be applied in order for a course to be successful. We are walking faculty through the eLearning Addendum for Course Proposals to set proper expectations for the timeline to delivery for new courses. 

While we are not able to address all of the challenges raised by the report, (such as relative lack of rewards for teaching, or competition from new models of education) we do strive to help faculty catch up with the digital world in a gentle and friendly way. As the CTLT moves to its new position in the organization chart, we will continue our attempts to hit the mark on these emerging trends and issues, and we promise to keep our fingers on the pulse of current pedagogical trends, always with the intention of delivering the highest quality instruction to Cal Poly students, regardless of the delivery method.



And we intend to win many more bar bets in the future.

 This is the link to the report preview (or, if you’d prefer to read the full Horizon Report – 52 pages long) 

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