Every year the NMC Horizon Report examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and ‘creative inquiry’ within the environment of higher education. The report, downloadable in PDF, is compiled by an international body of experts and provides a useful checklist trends, challenges and technologies in the field and provides a useful benchmark of what is most talked about at the moment.
The key trends identified in the in the short term are
- Increasing use of blended learning
- Redesigning learning spaces
Longer term trends are: growing focus on measuring learning, proliferation of open learning resources, advancing cultures of change and innovation and increasing cross-institution collaboration.
Key ‘solvable’ challenges are
- Blending formal and informal learning
- Improving digital literacy
More difficult challenges are; personalising learning, teaching complex thinking and the ‘wicked’ ones are competing models of education and the old chestnut, rewarding teaching.
The important developments in educational technology they identify are in the short term are
- Bring your own device (BYOD)
- Flipped classroom – same as last year
Longer-term innovations are; makerspaces, wearable technology, adaptive learning technologies and the ‘Internet of Things’.
As usual there are useful commentaries and links throughout. Encouraging that many of these ideas are already being implemented, trialed and discussed here at UCL.