Tuesday, December 18

The Horizon Report (2007 Edition)

WHAT?
The annual (4th Edition) Horizon Report essentially discusses six (6) key trends, challenges, emerging technologies that the underlying research suggests will have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression within higher education. The report reflects an ongoing collaboration between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE program ...more

Although, it is important to reflect the future key trends (Rapid Change, Globalization, Information Literacy, Scholarship Reform, Collective Intelligence, and Technology Perceptions) and critical challenges (Assessment, Leadership, Intellectual Property, Skills Gap, Collaborative Learning, and Mobile Learning) that the report identifies, this post will only focus on the emerging technologies....

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES?
Here we go (Source):

Near Horizon (Less Than 1 Year)

Mid Horizon (2-3 Years)

Far Horizon (4-5 Years)

This is just some extracted juice from the report, and if you like this, I am sure you will enjoy reading the rest of the report.

Overall, I would say that with the exception of the examples and recommended further readings, this report did not surprise, or excite me like the previous ones (Just my learning mind!). I suppose all the six trends, challenges and emerging technologies (or technologies to watch) are already here (and used by several Universities and faculties), and are safe bets for the future (or perhaps not? Any suggestions?).

Though, I suppose people new to online learning and educational technologies are going to really enjoy exploring this report. In other words, this report is very useful from a learning point-of-view. Actually, I am enjoying reading and reflecting it right now (I mean just now!). Though, it would be interesting to compare the predictive success of the previous Horizon reports with the reality (reality check!), but I don't have time for that one.

Interestingly, for the 2007 report, more than 100 technologies (not widely used in academe) were considered. I would like to get my hands on this list (can we?). Yeah, I suppose the Horizon Project (2008) Wiki would be a good place to start (Wikis here we come!). But, what is it with the number six (6). What is the secret (reason) for choosing only six trends, challenges and emerging technologies? Why not 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, etc.? Why 6? Why not! Anyway, if future reports also include the other suggested emerging technologies (with a short reflection to each one. Just one or two lines!), I will be more than happy (Who the hell are you!)! You got a point there!

Anyway, when can we discuss the Horizon report in Second Life? The Answer is... :)

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