A New Horizon Report Already?

Link to PDF of 2013 Horizon Report

Link to PDF of 2013 Horizon Report

Does it seem to you, too, that before you can digest the news from the last one and think you have plenty of time before that “Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years” gets close, there is another Horizon Report from the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative? Well, you were right and here it is again. You can find a link to the report here: http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed

The nearest horizon in the newest report is going to bring us MOOCs and Tablet Computing, and before you say they are already here, we can probably agree that they are not yet grounded, especially with this week’s news of the Coursera MOOC that had to be cancelled. Colleges and universities are trying to figure out how MOOCs might benefit them and their students, and faculty are wondering how to incorporate tablets when students are bringing so many different brands with different features to class.

But I think I usually spend too much time looking at the horizons and not enough at the Key Trends. I blogged about this earlier in the day on my office blog and think it deserves a repeat here. I’m especially interested in the two Key Trends of openness and informal learning.

Openness — concepts like open content, open data, and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information — is becoming a value.

The authors note that open does not only mean free, but “copyable, remixable, and without any barriers to access or interaction.” The open concept supports the kind of work we encourage our students to do with all that is available in the digital world, and it seeks to make sure that more and more content becomes open to educational use, instead of being locked behind firewalls of membership or payment. Openness seems to go hand in hand with another key trend, informal learning.

The workforce demands skills from college graduates that are more often acquired from informal learning experiences than in universities.

I especially like the authors’ “more practical definition” of informal learning as “self-directed learning.” Although there are six key trends listed, these two seem to be at the heart of how we teach today and how we want students to be able to develop their learning. Content needs to be open and available, and students need to be engaged in directing their own learning experiences.

The original of my other post on this topic is here: http://aectech.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/2013-higher-ed-horizon-report/

Even if the Horizon Report does seem to come along too often for me to keep up, it serves as a nice reminder that technology and education are always in a state of flux, and that I need to keep an eye out for when those things that were odd last year are moving into the mainstream. Make sure you read the whole report: http://www.nmc.org/system/files/pubs/1359993875/2013-horizon-report-HE.pdf

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