The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the New Media Consortium (NMC)’s Horizon Project, a long-running qualitative research project that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within learning-focused organizations. The 2009 Horizon Report is the sixth annual report in the series. The report is produced again in 2009 as a collaboration between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE program.
Each edition of the Horizon Report introduces six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to enter mainstream use in learning-focused organizations within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years. Challenges and trends that will shape the way we work in academia over the same time frame are also presented. Over the six years of the NMC’s Horizon Project, more than 200 leaders in the fields of business, industry, and education have contributed to an ongoing primary research effort that draws on a comprehensive body of published resources, current research and practice, and the expertise of the NMC and ELI communities to identify technologies and practices that are either beginning to appear on campuses, or likely to be adopted in the coming years. Through a close examination of these sources, and informed by their own distinguished perspectives, the 2009 Advisory Board has considered the broad landscape of emerging technology and its intersection with the academic world as they worked to select the six topics described in these pages. The precise research methodology is detailed in a special section following the body of the report.
The format of the Horizon Report reflects the focus of the Horizon Project, which centers on the applications of emerging technologies to teaching, learning, research, and creative expression. Each topic opens with an overview to introduce the concept or technology involved and follows with a discussion of the particular relevance of the topic to education or creativity. Examples of how the technology is being — or could be — applied to those activities are given. Each description is followed by an annotated list of additional examples and readings which expand on the discussion in the Report, as well as a link to the list of tagged resources collected by the Advisory Board and other interested parties during the process of researching the topic areas. Many of the examples under each area feature the innovative work of NMC and ELI member institutions.
Posted by NMC on January 18, 2009