NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition

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The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition. This ninth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

This year’s NMC Horizon Report identifies mobile apps and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. Game-based learning and learning analytics are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; gesture-based computing and the Internet of Things are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years.

The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages an international body of experts in education, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in higher education. The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.

Of the six technologies highlighted in the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition, two were also noted in the 2011 edition. Game-based learning remains in the two- to three-year horizon, as does gesture-based computing in the four- to five-year horizon.

Also of great interest in the report are the specific trends and challenges voted in by the advisory board. While many of the trends and challenges have been featured in multiple NMC Horizon Reports, some new ones have emerged. Among the newest trends are:

Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models; and There is a new emphasis in the classroom on more challenge-based and active learning. 

Both trends convey the growing emphasis in higher education on non-traditional learning models, which is further fueled by the integration of the emerging technologies featured in the report.

The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition is available on nmc.org and iTunes U, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

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