The Horizon Report series is the product of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, an ongoing research project that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression within higher education around the globe. This volume, the 2008 Horizon Report, Australia–New Zealand Edition, is the first in a new series of regional reports, and examines emerging technologies as they appear in and affect higher education in Australia and New Zealand in particular.
The core of the report describes six areas of emerging technology that will impact higher education in Australia and New Zealand within three adoption horizons over the next five years. To identify these areas, the project has drawn on an ongoing conversation among knowledgeable persons in the fields of business, industry, and education; on published resources, current research and practice; and on the expertise of both the NMC community and the communities of the members of the Horizon Project’s Australia–New Zealand Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, chosen to broadly represent a range of perspectives in Australian and New Zealand tertiary education, engages in a discussion around a set of research questions intended to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify a wide range of potential technologies for the Report. Using a process detailed in the methodology section, the Advisory Board comes to a consensus about the six topics that will appear here. The examples and readings under each topic area are meant to provide practical models as well as access to more detailed information. Wherever possible, an effort was made to highlight the innovative work going on among tertiary institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
The focus of the Horizon Project centres on the applications of emerging technologies to teaching, learning, and creative expression, and the format of the Horizon Report reflects that focus. Each topic includes an overview to familiarize readers with the concept or technology at hand, a discussion of the particular relevance of the topic to those activities, and examples of how the technology is being or could be applied. Each description is followed by an annotated list of additional examples and readings which expand on the discussion in the Report. A list of related tags suggests additional search terms that might be of use if the reader wishes to investigate a topic further.
Posted by NMC on November 27, 2008