Future Gazing: Exploring Tomorrow’s Technologies Today

I’ve been working at Edge Hill for 10 years and in that time we’ve seen major developments in the use of technology in Higher Education. For example mobile technologies have become mainstream, and online services have developed massively. Remember that YouTube only started in 2005, and Twitter in 2006, but they are widely used by educators today.

nmc_itunesu.HR2013_2_0The NMC Horizon Report: Higher Education Edition is an annual publication which presents six areas of technology that a collection of experts in the field see as likely to see mainstream adoption in Higher Education over the next five years. The aim is that this will give “campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning”, and it is also an interesting read.

This year’s report covers:

<1 year to adoption

  • Massive Open Online Courses
  • Tablet Computing

2-3 years to adoption

  • Games and Gamification
  • Learning Analytics

4-5 years to adoption

  • 3D Printing
  • Wearable Technology

We’ll be running a session led by Peter Beaumont and David Callaghan on Thursday 23rd May 2013 from 12:00-1:00PM, where we will briefly present on these six areas of technology and aim to start some ongoing conversations around them.

We’d love it if you could join us. If you can make it, please book on through the session page on the Human Resources wiki.

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Peter Beaumont
Learning Technologist