Download the 2010 Horizon Report here: http://www.educause.edu/ELI/2010HorizonReport/195400
I won’t rehash the whole document–or why would you get it for yourself? I like to start by looking at the Key Trends in the Executive Summary. There are four trends “identified as key drivers of technology adoptions for the period 2010 through 2015” (3):
- “The abundance of resources and relationships
made easily accessible via the Internet is
increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles
as educators in sense-making, coaching, and
- “People expect to be able to work, learn, and
study whenever and wherever they want to” (4).
- “The technologies we use are increasingly
cloud-based, and our notions of IT support
are decentralized” (4).
- “The work of students is increasingly seen as
collaborative by nature, and there is more cross-
campus collaboration between departments” (4).
In essence, it’s a kind of a wild, wild west in terms of institutions controlling and unifying faculty use of teaching technologies–that’s from an institutional perspective. From a faculty perspective, it might seem a liberating and creative environment, where you really can do what you’ve always wanted to do with your teaching, that there’s a tool for everything and you don’t need to negotiate with your IT department to implement it.
Let’s look at one of the projections for the next year, the prevalence of Mobile Computing. Apparently everyone (not me, yet) has a smart phone, and if not, they probably have a netbook or smaller-than-a-laptop device (think the anticipated iTablet or whatever it will be called). The concept here is that anytime, anywhere education will mean more than just asynchronous work in an LMS like Blackboard or Moodle. “The portability of mobile devices and their ability to connect to the Internet almost anywhere makes them ideal as a store of reference materials and learning experiences, as well as general-use tools for fieldwork, where they can be used to record observations via voice, text, or multimedia, and access reference sources in real time. and text formats designed for mobile access” (10). Sounds to me like this really helps develop the notion of student-centered teaching and learning, as students can be asked to do so much more than read a chapter and write a journal entry response or participate in next week’s class discussion.
Does this whet your appetite? I hope so, because it’s not me, it’s you who will be inspired and create your own outcomes from this year’s report (well, I’ll be inspired on my own, but you know what I mean;;).