May 17, 2022

Info Tech/Higher Ed: 2018 NMC Horizon Report Brought to You by EDUCAUSE” Published and Available Online

From the EDUCAUSE Website:

2018-08-16_08-53-17For more than a decade, EDUCAUSE has partnered with the New Media Consortium (NMC) to publish the annual Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition. Earlier this year, EDUCAUSE acquired the rights to the NMC Horizon project, which identifies and describes the higher education trends, challenges, and developments in educational technology likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. EDUCAUSE is publishing this 15th edition to both honor and work actively with the NMC’s Horizon legacy.

Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption

Short Term—Driving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next one to two years

  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces

Mid-Term—Driving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next three to five years

  • Proliferation of Open Educational Resources
  • The Rise of New Forms of Interdisciplinary Studies

Long-Term—Driving technology adoption in Higher Education for five or more years

  • Advancing Cultures of Innovation
  • Cross-Institution and Cross-Sector Collaboration

Significant Challenges Impeding Higher Education Technology Adoption

Solvable—Those that we understand and know how to solve

  • Authentic Learning Experiences
  • Improving Digital Literacy

Difficult—Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive

  • Adapting Organizational Designs to the Future of Work
  • Advancing Digital Equity

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

  • Economic and Political Pressures
  • Rethinking the Roles of Educators

Important Developments in Technology for Higher EducationTime to Adoption: One Year or Less

  • Analytics Technologies
  • Makerspaces

Time to Adoption: Two to Three years

  • Adaptive Learning Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence

Time to Adoption: Four to Five years

  • Mixed Reality
  • Robotics


Direct to Full Text Report (60 pages; PDF)

Direct to 2018 Exemplar Projects

Direct to EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar
Slides and Transcript from August 9, 2018 event.

Direct to Horizon: 2019 & Beyond

Direct to Complete Intro/Summary, Methodology, and Related Resources

See Also: EDUCAUSE Publishes Report on Tech Trends (via Inside Higher Ed)

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