The Horizon Report, 2014 Edition, by The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE

The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE have published their 2014 edition of The Horizon Report.  Here is the table of contents:

Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption

Fast Trends: Driving changes in higher education over the next one to two years

  • Growing Ubiquity of Social Media
  • Integration of Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning

Mid-Range Trends: Driving changes in higher education within three to five years

  • Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment
  • Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators

Long-Range Trends: Driving changes in higher education in five or more years

  • Agile Approaches to Change
  • Evolution of Online Learning

Significant Challenges Impeding Higher Education Technology Adoption

Solvable Challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve

  • Low Digital Fluency of Faculty
  • Relative Lack of Rewards for Teaching

Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive

  • Competition from New Models of Education
  • Scaling Teaching Innovations

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address

  • Expanding Access
  • Keeping Education Relevant

Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

  • Flipped Classroom
  • Learning Analytics

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years

  • 3D Printing
  • Games and Gamification

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

  • Quantified Self
  • Virtual Assistants

The report is available here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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