Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2019 Horizon Report

EDUCAUSE has published the 2019 Horizon Report (having taken it over from the defunct New Media Consortium) This uses a delphi-type study to identify educational technology trends for higher education. The panel is international, but with a predominance of North Americans. The trends are identified as follows:
Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Higher Education
Short-Term—Driving technology adoption in higher education for the next one to two years
--Redesigning Learning Spaces
- Blended Learning Designs
Mid-Term—Driving technology adoption in higher education for the next three to five years
- Advancing Cultures of Innovation
- Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
Long-Term—Driving technology adoption in higher education for five or more years
- Rethinking How Institutions Work
- Modularized and Disaggregated Degrees

Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Higher Education

Solvable—Those that we understand and know how to solve
- Improving Digital Fluency
- Increasing Demand for Digital Learning Experience and Instructional Design Expertise
[If these are so solvable, I wonder why they keep coming up in successive reports, ahem]
Difficult—Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive
- The Evolving Roles of Faculty with Edtech Strategies
- Bridging the Achievement Gap
Wicked—Those that are complex to even define, much less address
- Advancing Digital Equity
- Rethinking the Practice of Teaching

Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education
Time to Adoption: One Year or Less
- Mobile Learning
- Analytics Technologies
Time to Adoption: Two to Three Years
- Mixed Reality
- Artificial Intelligence
Time to Adoption: Four to Five Years
- Blockchain
- Virtual Assistants

They also have 2-page articles reflecting on how past themes have fared, namely: Gaming and Gamification; Augmented and Mixed Reality; Adaptive Learning
There is some further material available too, on the website.
Go to https://library.educause.edu/resources/2019/4/2019-horizon-report
Photo by Sheila webber: new beech leaves, April 2019

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