Director of Technology and Member Resources
The New Media Consortium (NMC)
Director for Research
National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE)
Director, Learning Centre, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Scholar in Residence
University of British Columbia
The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report aims to meet the needs outlined by visionary Doug Englebart for “improving the improvement infrastructure.” In its fourth year of publication, the Horizon Report identifies and describes six technologies likely to impact teaching, learning, and creative expression at higher education organizations, putting them on three adoption time frames of one to five years. A project in conjunction with EDUCAUSE/ELI, this year’s report cited user created content, social networking, mobile phones, virtual worlds, new scholarship / emerging forms of publication, and massively multiplayer educational gaming. These may not be very new to those involved with educational technology, but the Horizon Report’s focus is on when they will become widely adopted, not just technically viable. The research done behind the report is driven by an Advisory Board of 27 leaders in education and industry from around the world, and is carried out without a single meeting or teleconference – all the work is done in the Horizon Project’s open wiki. This session, featuring three members of the project’s advisory board, will provide insight into the process, analyze the six final technologies (and reference some of the other 200+ ones initially surfaced), discuss the dangers of guessing the “unevenly distributed future,” and share how the report has impacted institutions. We will also share some of the reaction to the report reflected in the blogosphere.