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What’s New in the Horizon Report, 2016 Higher Education Edition

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Written by Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A). Contact Tony at

New Media Consortium recently released the Horizon Report, 2016 Higher Education that identifies trends, challenges, and emerging technologies. The report is designed to examine new technologies and determine their potential impact in colleges and universities worldwide. In review of the new report and comparing it to the 2016 Report, the following new points were discovered:

Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education

  • Learning Analytics and Adaptive Learning – In order to build better pedagogies, empower active learning, target at-risk students, and assess factors of completion and success, institutions will utilize adaptive learning technologies to online platforms that will adjust to individual learners’ needs.
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality – Virtual reality constructs provide contextual learning experiences that can foster exploration of real world data in virtual surroundings. Students will be able to construct broader understandings based on interactions with virtual objects.
  • Affective Computing – Affective computing is a concept in which computers attain humanlike understanding through activities and understanding. This concept can influence and support online learning in which a computerized tutor could adjust and react to students to help motivate and boost confidence.
  • Robotics – New outreach programs are promoting robotics and programming as multi-disciplinary STEM skills to make students better problem solvers. New students show that interaction with robots can help learners of varying needs develop and improve their communication skills.

While the technologies listed aren’t necessarily new, innovative approaches have either made them new again or have brought them into the realm of higher education. There are a number of reasons these technologies could support or impede adoption within colleges and universities. The following new points were identified to drive planning and decision-making or impede adoption of new technologies if left unresolved.

Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Higher Education

  • Rethinking How Institutions Work – In order to make 21st century students work savvy upon graduation, institutions will consider policy initiatives, programs, and changes in curriculum in support of hybrid learning and competency-based education centered on online education.
  • Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches – Students need to be able to make clear connections between the curriculum and the real world. Project-based learning, challenge based learning, inquiry based learning, and similar methods are fostering more active learning experiences. Instructors will need to leverage technology to relate material taught to real life applications.

Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Higher Education

  • Balancing Our Connected and Unconnected Lives – As education aligns with technological trends, educators will have a responsibility to promote a balance of technological tools so students do not get lost with the abundance of digital tools and become aware of their digital footprint, and its implications.
  • Keeping Education Relevant – Today, a college degree does not equate gainful employment. Addressing this challenge will require institutions to explore new opportunities to earn a college degree that will prepare students with industry-specific skills and maintain the ethical training and credibility of traditional academia.

This review highlighted topics not covered in the 2015 report. There are a number of additional trends and challenges to consider should your organization consider adopting a new technology within your college or university. I encourage you to download the Horizon Report, 2016 Higher Education Edition and explore these topics and more in greater detail.

Registration Open: Symposium on the Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region, NN/LM Mid-Atlantic (MAR) Region, and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce a collaborative co-sponsorship of the following symposium to address the changing landscape of health science libraries.

Registration is Now Open!

Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries 

Are you wondering what academic health sciences libraries will look like in the future? Have you been puzzling about how to fit new programs or neighbors into your existing library space?  Are you contemplating a renovation project?  Are you looking for ideas about how to spruce up some tired library areas?  If you answer yes to any of these questions, join us in Philadelphia on April 18, 2016!

There is no registration fee but space is limited and will be open first to members of NN/LM MAR, AAHSL and NN/LM SE/A.

(NN/LM MAR members may apply for a travel stipend to offset expenses to commute to Philadelphia.)

View the full schedule, register, submit a lightning talk and get all the details here!

Does Content Syndication Work?

Friday, February 5th, 2016

You may have heard some discussions about syndication but thought, “This sounds good, but does it really work?”

Digital Gov shares insights and provides real examples of how a public library or a .org resource center are using NIH syndicated content on their websites. “Using NIH web content saves you time and money; you don’t need to write your own health content or worry about updating web pages. Browse and choose from topics in the catalog and then simply add the related code to your web page. The end result: NIH content will populate on your web page with your websites existing look and feel!”

Read the full article here.

The Digital Gov article also links to an additional article where you’ll find 3 easy steps for getting NIH syndicated content on your website.

NLM is currently syndicated NIH Senior Health.

Call for Applications: BD2K Research Education Program

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Weill Cornell Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Minnesota are proud to offer the Big Data Coursework for Computational Medicine (BDC4CM), a research education program funded by the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative (NIH R25 EB201381). The BDC4CM will take place at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City from July 11-14, 2016. It will emphasize how to navigate the interface between research and clinical practice by offering participants in-depth lectures, case studies and hands-on training from leading big data researchers.

For additional information about the program and to apply, please visit:

Call for Applications:

The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2016.

Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.  Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on our NLM Disaster Health home page.

Please share these resources freely!

These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as:

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Social media resources for situational awareness

To keep up-to-date on these and other Disaster Health resources, please sign-up for our email updates.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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