Reading the Horizon Report 2012: Higher Education Edition, I found interesting the identification and description of the 6 emerging technologies with a high probability to have an impact over the coming 5 years in higher education:
- Mobile Apps: Smartphones including the iPhone and Android have redefined what we mean by mobile computing
- Tablet Computing: Led by the incredible success of the iPad, the advances in table computers have captured the imagination of educators around the world.
- Game-Based Learning: Role-playing, collaborative problem solving, and other forms of simulated experiences are recognized for having broad applicability across a wide range of disciplines.
- Learning Analytics: it refers to the interpretation of a wide range of data produced by and gathered on behalf of students in order to assess academic progress, predict future performance, and spot potential issues.
- Gesture-Based Computing: Gesture-based computing allows users to engage in virtual activities with motions and movements similar to what they would use in the real world, manipulating content intuitively.
- Internet of Things: it’s about network-aware smart objects that connect the physical world with the world of information, by using TCP/IP as the means to convey the information, thus making objects addressable (and findable) on the Internet.
Very interesting emerging technologies!
But there are other aspects of this report that attracted my attention: The Key Trends and Challenges associated with educational technology adoptions for the period 2012 through 2017.
- People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to.
- The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized.
- The world of work is increasingly collaborative, driving changes in the way student projects are structured.
- The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators.
- Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models.
- There is a new emphasis in the classroom on more challenge-based and active learning.
- Economic pressures and new models of education are bringing unprecedented competition to the traditional models of higher education.
- Appropriate metrics of evaluation lag the emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching.
- Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
- Institutional barriers present formidable challenges to moving forward in a constructive way with emerging technologies.
- New modes of scholarship are presenting significant challenges for libraries and university collections, how scholarship is documented, and the business models to support these activities.
Do you recognize some of these trends and challenges in your university?