The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the >NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition.
This 14thedition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges. The topics are summarized in the accompanying infographic.
About the Report
For the first time ever, the Introduction looks back at the trajectory of NMC Horizon Report > Higher Education Edition topics for the past six years. Over time, Blended Learning Designs has been the most pervasive trend, competition from new models of education the most targeted challenge, and learning analytics the most impactful technology development.
The topics in the report were selected by a diverse panel of 78 experts.Institutional leaders, educators, instructional designers, technologists, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders from 22 countries comprise this year’s expert panel. They engaged in a three-month virtual discussion to share how the trends, challenges, and technologies are materializing in their environments.
The Executive Summary presents ten highlights capturing the big picture themes of educational change that underpin the 18 topics. Among the themes are the notions that advancing progressive learning approaches requires cultural transformation and that digital fluency is more than just understanding how to use technology.
Icons are placed next to each topic in the report to signify the broader categories they belong to. They are: Expanding Access and Convenience, Spurring Innovation, Fostering Authentic Learning, Tracking and Evaluating Evidence, Improving the Teaching Profession, and Spreading Digital Fluency. The NMC intends to carry through these “meta-categories” from edition to edition as benchmarks.
New to the Higher Education Edition are the challenges of the Achievement Gap and Advancing Digital Equity. The expert panel’s inclusion of these topics signals a need to devise technology-enabled solutions that increase access and equity for students of all backgrounds with college completion and student success at the heart.
Both Next-Generation LMS and Artificial Intelligence are new technology developments to this edition. The former topic reflects the desire for enabling educators to unbundle all of the components of a learning experience and allow them to remix open content and educational apps in unique and compelling ways. The latter has the potential to enhance online learning, adaptive learning, and research processes in ways that more intuitively respond to and engage with students.
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