NMC 2010 Horizon Report

by Dr. Luanne Fose - The Tweed Geek on March 22, 2010

Cover of Horizon Report

image 1 credit: see below

Since 2002, the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) have been collaborating to create the yearly Horizon Report. The Horizon Report focuses upon six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to progress to mainstream use in education within one to five years. The report also comments upon critical trends and challenges that may impact teaching and learning during this time frame.

The Advisory Board for this year’s report identified four key trends that will be drivers of technology adoptions from 2010 through 2015.

Key Trends:

  1. 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.
  2. People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to.
  3. The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized.
  4. The work of students is increasingly seen as collaborative by nature, and there is more cross-campus collaboration between departments.

In addition to the current trends, the Advisory Board notes four critical challenges that leaders in education and technology will face.

Critical Challenges:

  1. The role of the academy — and the way we prepare students for their future lives — is changing.
  2. New scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching continue to emerge but appropriate metrics for evaluating them increasingly and far too often lag behind.
  3. Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
  4. Institutions increasingly focus more narrowly on key goals, as a result of shrinking budgets in the present economic climate.

Although not to be viewed as a predictive tool, the Horizon Report highlights six emerging technologies with considerable potential that the Advisory Board believes will have a significant impact upon education in the future; two on the near-term horizon (i.e., these will enter into the mainstream within the next 12 months); two on the mid-term horizon (mainstream within 2-3 years); and two on the far-term (mainstream within 4-5 years).

The Six Technologies to Watch:

Near-Term Horizon (within next 12 months)

  • Mobile Computing
  • Open Content

Mid-Term Horizon (within 2-3 years)

  • Electronic Books
  • Simple Augmented Reality

Far-Term (within 4-5 years)

  • Gesture-Based Computing
  • Visual Data Analysis

For a detailed description of these six technologies and their usage in education, please review the entire Horizon Report.

~ Dr. Luanne Fose (The Tweed Geek)

(image 1 credit: http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2010)

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