NMC Horizon Report 2016 Higher Education Edition issued

At the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference today, the New Media Consortium (NMC) will launch the latest version of its Horizon Report for higher education. I have found that this report is widely read around the world and can serve as a great discussion starter among information technology professionals, librarians, faculty, and administrators. The report can be freely downloaded from a link on this page:  


Disclosure: I served on this year’s advisory group for the report and I am a member of the NMC board.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI



Samantha Becker, Senior Director, Publications & Communications, NMC

512.445.4200 | samantha@nmc.org

Kristi DePaul, Marketing Manager, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

412.608.7402 | kdepaul@educause.edu

NMC and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release the

NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Ed Edition

San Antonio, TX (February 4) — The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition at the 2016 ELI Annual Meeting. This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education.  

The report identifies six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology across three adoption horizons spanning over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders, educational technologists, and faculty a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report provides higher education leaders with in-depth insight into how trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice.


“The release of this report kicks off the 15th year of the NMC Horizon Project, which has sparked crucial conversations and progressive strategies in institutions all over the world,”says Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC. “We are so appreciative of ELI’s continued support and collaboration. Together we have been able to regularly provide timely analysis to universities and colleges.”


“This year’s report addresses a number of positive trends that are taking root in higher education,” notes ELI Director Malcolm Brown. “More institutions are developing programs that enable students and faculty to create and contribute innovations that advance national economies, and they are also reimagining the spaces and resources accessible to them to spur this kind of creativity.”


Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption

The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition identifies “Advancing Cultures of Innovation” and “Rethinking How Institutions Work” as long-term impact trends that for years affected decision-making and will continue to accelerate the adoption of educational technology in higher education over the next five years. “Redesigning Learning Spaces” and the “Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches” are mid-term impact trends expected to drive technology use in the next three to five years; meanwhile, “Growing Focus on Measuring Learning” and “Increasing Use of Blended Learning” are short-term impact trends, anticipated to impact institutions for the next one to two years before becoming commonplace.


Significant Challenges Impeding Higher Education Technology Adoption

A number of challenges are acknowledged as barriers to the mainstream use of technology in higher education. “Blending Formal and Informal Learning” and “Improving Digital Literacy” are perceived as solvable challenges, meaning they are well-understood and solutions have been identified. “Competing Models of Education” and “Personalizing Learning” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined and well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Balancing Our Connected and Unconnected Lives” and “Keeping Education Relevant.” Challenges in this category are complex to define, making them more difficult to address.


Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education

Additionally, the report identifies bring your own device (BYOD) and learning analytics and adaptive learning as digital strategies and technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the near-term horizon of one year or less. Augmented and virtual reality technologies and makerspaces are seen in the mid-term horizon of two to three years; affective computing and robotics are seen emerging in the far-term horizon of four to five years.

UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit

A group of associations in the UK have issued The UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit  www.ucisa.ac.uk/learningspace

I have taken a quick look at most of the sections and believe that many in North America and other regions will find the advice contained here useful. Sections include working in partnership, effective learning by design, evaluation, and many others. Note that the final item on the menu allows you to download the full PDF, and the resource is freely available. The authors state that one of their inspirations was the FLEXspace repository, which I have described in posts and in presentations (http://flexspace.org/  You need an account, which is free, to access FLEXspace.) In addition, the Learning Space Toolkit, hosted at North Carolina State University, is an excellent resource http://learningspacetoolkit.org/  and it also has been very interesting to see some implementations of the Learning Space Rating System http://www.educause.edu/eli/initiatives/learning-space-rating-system at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative(ELI) annual conference.

If you are working on a building or renovation project, you’ll want to check out this new resource from the UK.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


Dear colleagues 

I am writing to announce the publication of the UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit: a SCHOMS, AUDE and UCISA collaboration www.ucisa.ac.uk/learningspace

The UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit provides guidance for Audiovisual, IT and Estates teams, and demonstrates why the provision of excellent learning spaces should be a strategic, institution-wide concern. 

Constructed from interviews from eleven experienced professionals, the Toolkit explores pedagogical principles and their place in learning space design, and gives an honest insight in to the realities of cross-professional working in universities and colleges. 

The Toolkit includes advice on: managing a learning space project, working with professional advisors, considerations for particular types of learning space, using learning technologies, the evaluation of learning spaces and changing working practices. 

The Toolkit was authored by Dr Gill Ferrell, with guidance from Caroline Pepper, Learning and Teaching Space Manager, Loughborough University and Simon Birkett, IT and Learning Manager, University of Staffordshire (for SCHOMS);  Eleanor Magennis, Head of Space Planning, University of Glasgow (for AUDE); and Anna Mathews, Head of Policy and Projects (for UCISA).  We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from colleagues across the sector in the drafting process – publishing the Toolkit truly has been a community effort. 

Best wishes


Anna Mathews
Head of Policy and Projects
University of Oxford
13 Banbury Road

Videos: Hydra-in-a-Box & Data Science in Info Services

New videos from CNI’s December membership meeting are now available:

As the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has advanced, one of its major challenges has been the lack of effective, widespread tools for stewarding and syndicating digital content. Recently, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $2M to DPLA, Stanford and DuraSpace for the “Hydra-in-a-Box” project to help address this need. Hydra-in-a-Box: Building and Bundling a National Digital Platform provides an in-depth look at the project’s goals, timelines, and early progress.
YouTube: https://youtu.be/_YWnzuuypQ4
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/153922457

The Data Science Environment (DSE) program provides resources to help universities develop collaborations between researchers, develop tools in data science (DS), and create new career paths for data scientists. In Organizational Implications of Data Science Environments in Education, Research, and Research Management in Libraries, program members from three partner universities discuss the role of DS in information science, the potential career paths for data scientists in libraries, and the potential amplification of information services (e.g. data curation, institutional repositories, scholarly publishing).
YouTube: https://youtu.be/L0G9JsPMEXY
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/149713097

To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

REMINDER: Proposals Due for CNI Spring 2016

The submission deadline for CNI’s spring 2015 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on April 4-5 in San Antonio, Texas.

Proposals for project briefings are due no later than Friday, February 12.
A limited number of proposals are accepted.
For details, and to submit a proposal: https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2016/s16-submit-a-proposal

Meeting and hotel registration deadline is Thursday, March 3: https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2016/s16-registration-accommodations.

Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni16s

See you in San Antonio!

Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: Registration Open

We have seen increasing interest in the development of digital scholarship centers, often in academic libraries, in recent years. CNI has been active in featuring sessions about these centers at our membership meetings and issuing reports and articles on the topic. Our latest initiative is this workshop, which will provide a range of models for developing a digital scholarship center and will provide information on a wide variety of issues to be taken into consideration during planning and early implementation phases. We are very pleased to partner with ARL on this workshop. We expect a lot of interest in this workshop and we do have a limit on the number of attendees.

Registration is now open to individuals from ARL and CNI member institutions for Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: A CNI/ARL Workshop. General registration opens February 16, 2016.

Please see below for additional information, including a link to the workshop website.
Joan Lippincott, CNI


Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: A CNI/ARL Workshop
May 17-18, 2016
Arlington, VA


An increasing number of institutions are planning programs and spaces they call digital scholarship centers, scholars’ labs, research commons, or similar names. Often these centers are located in and administered by academic libraries, in contrast to faculty-run institutes. While some centers focus on digital humanities, many work with a broader range of disciplines, supporting e-science and digital research in the social sciences. During the planning and early implementation process for a center, there are many decisions to be made about the mission, programs, partnerships, staffing, technologies, as well as the physical space of the center.

This workshop will assist institutions in the process of planning digital scholarship centers, not by offering one solution but by presenting a variety of models that will help institutions make informed choices that address institutional needs and priorities. The event will include a combination of presentations by invited speakers, group discussions and hands-on exercises.

This workshop will assist those institutions in the planning stages or early implementation stages of a digital scholarship center. Institutions are encouraged to register teams, but individual registrants are also welcome. The target audience includes deans/directors and associate directors of libraries, scholarly communications librarians, digital humanities professionals or faculty, GIS staff, information technology staff, and faculty engaged in digital scholarship.

The workshop will cover the following topics:
• Process of planning a digital scholarship center
• Funding a center
• Staffing issues, including types of staff, training, integration with other staff
• Technologies and physical space
• Models and types of centers
• Partnerships for research
• Partnerships for teaching and learning
• Dissemination and curation of products of digital scholarship
• Lessons learned

A preliminary agenda is available.

Preparation for the Workshop
Individuals and/or institutional teams will be asked to read background articles and to complete an assignment prior to attending the workshop. More information is available.

Until Feb. 16, 2016, registration is restricted to individuals from Association of Research Libraries (ARL) or Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) member institutions. Registration is limited to 100 people. A waiting list will be maintained after the limit has been reached. Register at https://arl.formstack.com/forms/digital_scholarship_centers_workshop.

The registration fee of $375 per individual will include an evening reception (May 17), continental breakfast and lunch (May 18), and several breaks with light refreshments throughout the event.

Venue & Accommodations
The workshop will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia
Participants will be able to reserve rooms at the event group rate of $229 per night (single/double) through a direct link on the event site once the URL is available; please check the workshop website, or contact the hotel at 703-416-4100 and identify yourself as a workshop participant.

Planning Committee
Members of the workshop planning committee are:

  • Rebecca Graham, Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian, University of Guelph
  • Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian, Brown University
  • Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
  • Rikk Mulligan, Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing, Association of Research Libraries, and Public Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies

Additional Information
For more information, visit the workshop website or contact Angela Pappalardo, program coordinator, events and finance, ARL, angela@arl.org or 202-296-2296.

About the Coalition for Networked Information
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 230 institutions representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s members; CNI is entirely funded through membership dues. Semi-annual membership meetings bring together representatives of CNI’s constituencies to discuss ongoing and new projects, and to plan for future initiatives. Learn more about CNI at https://www.cni.org.

About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

Early Registration Closing for the International Digital Curation Conference

Reduced rate early registration closes January 31 for the 11th International Digital Curation Conference in Amsterdam, 22-25 February. I understand there is still good space availability for many of the workshops as well.
The full programme can now be found online at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc16/programme.
This year’s keynotes will be delivered by Barend Mons, Professor of BioSemantics and founder of the BioSemantics group at Leiden University Medical School (LUMC) and Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton.

On Tuesday 23 February the programme will feature an Open Data Panel and an interactive afternoon including posters, demonstrations and birds of a feather sessions which will shortly be chosen by conference delegates.

On Wednesday 24 February the programme will include research, practice and data papers aligned in three parallel sessions.
We hope there will be something for everyone!

IDCC 2016 Workshops
Workshops will be held on Monday 22 February and Thursday 25 February and must be booked independently of the main conference. Please register at http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=80&catid=96&prodid=2125 .

Workshops on Monday 22 February 2016

  • Developing Research Data Management Services
  • Fedora 4
  • A Context-driven Approach to Data Curation for Reuse
  • Customising the Costs of Curation
  • Jisc Research Data Management Shared Service Pilot
  • Data Curation and the EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI)

Workshops on Thursday 25 February 2016

  • Comparing Approaches to Curriculum Development for Research Data Handling
  • Supporting and reviewing Data Management Plans
  • Appraisal, Quality Assurance and Risk Assessment in the Data Continuum
  • Metadata in Action

Find out more about the individual workshops at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc16/workshops.
We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!
Sent on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the IDCC16 Programme Committee
Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI (and co-sponsor and co-chair for the IDCC 2016 meeting)

UK Report on Learning Analytics: “From Bricks to Clicks”

The UK Higher Education Commission has just issued a major report on national strategy for learning analytics and underlying data collection and stewardship, including some consideration of privacy issues.

The report, plus a press release and some pointers to media coverage, can be found here:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Jisc call for input: Visions of Education and Research

Our colleagues at the Jisc have issued a call for comments on a set
of vision documents dealing with teaching and research. They have a
deadline of February 2 for input. See


Some of the material, particularly dealing with research practices,
will be of considerable interest to some CNI-announce readers.
Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Interviews from CNI Fall Meeting

Our friends at EDUCAUSE have just released a great series of interviews with several key speakers and attendees from CNI’s December meeting. We’ve put up links to the individual recordings on the meeting homepage (https://www.cni.org/mm/past-meetings/fall-2015), where you’ll also find slide decks and direct links to all the videos we’ve released so far (there are a few more of those to come so stay tuned).

You can also access the CNI interviews by going to https://soundcloud.com/educause/tracks, where you’ll find lots of great content by EDUCAUSE. 

Videos: BIBFRAME/Linked Data & New Tools for Image Collections

New videos from CNI’s recent membership meeting are now available:

Rob Sanderson of Stanford University presents an assessment of the current BIBFRAME best practices from the Linked Data community by methodically laying out those best practices, discussing the extent to which they are applied in BIBFRAME and describing some of the steps for remediation. The Future of Linked Data in Libraries: Assessing BIBFRAME Against Best Practices is now online at:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/2-U-Qd37WgE
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/152611387

In New Tools for Providing Access to Digital Image Collections: Mirador and Spotlight, Stanford’s Stuart Snydman highlights two community open source software projects: one that enables librarians, curators, and others to easily build Web-based exhibits that showcase digital collections, and another that leverages the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) to support comparative and interactive uses of image-based resources across libraries, museums and archives.
YouTube: https://youtu.be/5HI913kE2dk
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/152599632

To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013