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Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition

Image of a smartphone screen from the cover of the report

Recently released, the 2012 New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report is an annual report that provides insights into emerging trends in technology use in higher education. The research paper is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE.

The 2012 Horizon Report discusses six emerging technologies which are placed along three adoption horizon lines that indicate their timeframes for becoming mainstream educational technologies.

 

 

 

Here is a look at the upcoming technologies from the report:

Near-term Horizon (within the next 12 months)

  • Mobile Apps
  • Tablet Computing

Mid-term Horizon (two to three years out)

  • Game-based learning
  • Learning analytics

Far-term Horizon (four to five years away)

  • Gesture based computing
  • The Internet of things

The report provides a nice overview of the technologies as well as a more detailed description of each technology and practical implications for learning and education.

The report is available free of charge and under Creative Commons license. You can access the full report at: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/HR2012.pdf.

You can read how the Project Advisory Board manages the process of selecting topics for the 2012 report on Horizon Wiki. Related resources are also listed.

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