The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released its 11th annual NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition. Each year an international group of experts in education, technology, and related fields convenes to create the report. They discuss 18 emerging technology topics including the impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education.
SVA instructors may be interested in the following topics:
• Integration of Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning: “To encourage collaboration and reinforce real world skills, universities are experimenting with policies that allow for more freedom in interactions between students when working on projects and assessment” (p. 10).
• Scaling Teaching Innovations: “Our schools and universities generally allow us to connect ideas only in prescribed ways—sometimes these lead to new insights, but more likely they lead to rote learning” (p. 28). The Office of Learning Technologies at SVA was created to work collaboratively with instructors and administrators to identify problems and solutions in scaling new teaching practices.
• Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment: “There is a growing interest in using new sources of data for personalizing the learning experience and for performance measurement” (p. 12).
• 3D Printing: ”One of the most significant aspects of 3D printing for education is that it enables more authentic exploration of objects that may not be readily available for universities” (p. 40).
• Games and Gamification: “Educational gameplay has proven to foster engagement in critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and teamwork—skills that lead to solutions for complex social and environmental dilemmas” (p. 42).
The full report includes three sections detailing six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology. There is a list of examples and suggested readings at the end of each individual report.