Thursday, 22 January 2009

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Horizon Report 2009

Horizon Report 2009 Profiles Six Key Emerging Technologies for Higher Education

Today the
New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly released the 2009 Horizon Report at the ELI Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. 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. A collaboration between the NMC and ELI, the 2009 Horizon Report is the sixth in the annual series.

Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years. “Campus leaders and practitioners alike use the report as a springboard for discussion around emerging technology,” noted Larry Johnson, chief executive officer of the NMC. “Over the six years that the report has been published, the impact on technology planning and discussions on campuses has been substantial. Now with six years of data to consider, we continue to look back at the overarching trends over time. What we see is that there are several long-term, conceptual themes that have affected, and continue to affect, the practice of teaching and learning in profound ways.” More than 75,000 copies of the 2008 Horizon Report were distributed in print and electronically last year.

According to EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger, “Learning, discovery, and creative expression are fundamental to higher education. Technology can help in each of those areas. But our community wants to know which emerging technologies are best for what uses. And, what examples demonstrate their potential? The Horizon Report addresses those critical questions.”
In defining the six selected areas for 2009 — mobile devices, cloud computing, geo-everything, the personal web, semantic-aware applications, and smart objects — the project tapped into an ongoing discussion among knowledgeable individuals in business, industry, and education, as well as published resources, current research and practice, and the expertise of the NMC and ELI communities. The Horizon Project’s Advisory Board probes current trends and challenges in higher education, explores possible topics for the report, and ultimately selects the technologies to be profiled.


To create the 2009 Horizon Report, the 45 members of the 2009 Advisory Board engaged in a comprehensive review and analysis of research, articles, papers, and interviews; discussed existing applications and brainstormed new ones; and ultimately ranked the items on the list of more than 80 technologies that emerged for their potential relevance to teaching, learning, and creative expression. The 2009 Advisory Board included representatives from eight countries — the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Board members conducted most of their work online during the fall of 2008 using a variety of collaboration tools, including a special wiki dedicated to the project.

The 32-page 2009 Horizon Report is available at no charge and has been released with a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

Source

[http://www.nmc.org/pdf/PR-2009-Horizon-Report.pdf]

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

■ Technologies to Watch
■ Key Trends
■ Critical Challenges
■ The Horizon Project


Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less

Mobiles

■ Overview
■ Relevance for Teaching, Learning, Research, or Creative Expression
■ Examples
■ For Further Reading


Cloud Computing

■ Overview
■ Relevance for Teaching, Learning, Research, or Creative Expression
■ Examples
■ For Further Reading


Time-to-Adoption: Two to Three Years

Geo-Everything

■ Overview
■ Relevance for Teaching, Learning, Research, or Creative Expression
■ Examples
■ For Further Reading


The Personal Web

■ Overview
■ Relevance for Teaching, Learning, Research, or Creative Expression
■ Examples
■ For Further Reading


Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years

Semantic-Aware Applications

■ Overview
■ Relevance for Teaching, Learning, Research, or Creative Expression
■ Examples
■ For Further Reading


Smart Objects


■ Overview
■ Relevance for Teaching, Learning, Research, or Creative Expression
■ Examples
■ For Further Reading


Methodology

2009 Horizon Project Advisory Board

Source and Full Text Available At


[http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2009-Horizon-Report.pdf]

[http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2009/] CommentPress / Web version

Videocast

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News Coverage

'Horizon Report' Names Top Technology Trends to Watch in Education / Steve Kolowich / The Chronicle of Higher Education / Wired Campus

[http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/3569/horizon-report-names-top-6-technology-trends-to-watch-in-education]

Related

Horizon Report 2008: The Video

[http://onlinesocialnetworks.blogspot.com/2008/01/horizon-report-2008-video.html]

The Horizon Report 2008: Social Operating Systems

[http://onlinesocialnetworks.blogspot.com/2008/01/horizon-report-2008-social-operating.html]

Horizon Report 2007: Social Networking

[http://onlinesocialnetworks.blogspot.com/2007/12/horizon-report-2007-social-networking.html]

 
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