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2016 NMC Horizon Report on Higher Ed. Trends Released

The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released its annual report, which is a collaboration between NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. The document, titled NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition (there are other editions for different levels of schooling, in addition to one for libraries), is based on yearly findings from the ongoing NMC Horizon Project. The Project identifies and examines those emerging technologies that are most likely to have a significant effect on learning and teaching in the future, particularly as they relate to creative inquiry. Through these findings, the report zeroes in on the key trends, developments, and challenges in educational technology, over both the short-term and the long-term. The report is intended for not just educators and technology experts, but also administrators and other leaders in higher education.
The 2016 edition identifies the following key issues in technology and higher education.

Short-Term Impact

  • Increased emphasis on measuring learning
  • More use of blended learning models

Mid-Term Impact

  • Reconfiguring learning spaces
  • Moving to deeper approaches to learning

Long-Term Impact

  • Promoting cultures of innovation
  • Reconsidering how institutions function


Developments in Technology
Near-Term (1 year or less)

  • Bring your own device
  • Learning analytics and adaptive technology

Mid-Term (2-3 years)

  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Makerspaces

Far-Term (4-5 years)

  • Affective computing
  • Robotics


  • Mixing formal and informal learning
  • Increasing digital literacy


  • Competing educational models
  • Personalization of learning


  • Balancing “wired” and “unwired” lives
  • Ensuring that education remains vital

To access the full report, go here.

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