what trends are on the horizon?

In the spirit of the coming new year, here’s an interesting report from the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.

The 32-page report is the result of having “reviewed key trends in the practice of teaching, learning, and creativity, and ranked those it considered most important for campuses to watch” (3). Here are the six trends that rose to the top:

  1. The environment of higher education is changing rapidly.
  2. Increasing globalization is changing the way we work, collaborate, and communicate.
  3. Information literacy increasingly should not be considered a given.
  4. Academic review and faculty rewards are increasingly out of sync with new forms of scholarship.
  5. The notions of collective intelligence and mass amateurization are pushing the boundaries of scholarship.
  6. Students’ views of what is and what is not technology are increasingly different from those of faculty. (3-4)

I think you’ll find the explanations of these trends right on, and they are followed by a list of six critical challenges. The sections on “Technologies to Watch” gets the most attention and are discussed in great detail, including predictions of how long it will take for higher education to adopt them. The longest for some is 4-5 years–the shortest, one year or less for “User-Created Content.”

We should read up and get busy!

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Categories: education, literacy, technology, Web 2.0

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2 replies

  1. Interesting post. Scanned the first part of the article and looking forward to trying out the citation tool Zotero as an alternative to RefWorks.

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  2. Zotero is quick and easy, but I find that I tend to forget it’s there until I’ve saved a bunch of links or downloaded PDFs I don’t have time to get to. I need to try it out for a specific project, when I can focus on one thing.

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