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Emerging Technologies set to impact on Higher Education

Posted by sarahw9 on 21 January, 2009

mrbluesky1I’ve  just taken a look at the annual Horizon Report produced by New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).

“Each year, the report identifies and describes six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression in higher education within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years, and four to five years.”

Emerging technologies for 2009 are identified as:

• Mobiles devices
• Cloud computing
• Geo-everything (i.e., geo-tagging)
• The personal web
• Semantic-aware applications
• Smart objects

The report may tell you what you already know, but there is alot of useful detail and reading in there about projects and initiatives going on. For example medical resources specifically for the iPhone. 

Favourite quotes:

“Significant shifts are taking place in the ways scholarship and research are conducted, and there is a need for innovation and leadership at all levels of the academy.”

“There is a growing need for formal instruction in key new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy.”

Big smile, I think we all need iPhones for research purposes.

4 Responses to “Emerging Technologies set to impact on Higher Education”

  1. I read that as “Semantic-self-aware smart objects” and had visions of T-101s rolling into the DWL.

    What’s the personal web then? Is it only web pages I write rather than the rest of the impersonal web?

    And roll on the mobile devices – to be followed in the UK decades later by free access to the internet points 😉

  2. I am an educationist based in India. It has been good to visit your blog today.

    This is a good article, but is too brief. It would be great to have another post from you where you give an idea of how each of these technologies has begun to make an impact.

    Johnson C. Philip, PhD

  3. sarahw9 said

    Thanks for your comment.

    The purpose of the post was to alert colleagues here to the report. In terms of how each technology is making an impact, the report itself does a better job of that than I can right now.

    Here at Leicester we are shortly going to be looking at QR codes, and have recently been experimenting with web 2.0 in our information literacy programmes.

  4. My name sake (no relation) raises a good point – I think as we do encounter these new technologies it’s important to reflect on our own use and reactions to them. Obviously in the tech and LIS press we aways hear from the bleeding edge adopters and enthusiasts (a group into which I think Sarah you and I fall), and ditto the blogs.

    What I’d be interested in is the reaction of those less tech-savvy; since at the end of the day these are going to make up the bulk of the users (be they staff or students). What they think, how they react and what they believe these hardware and systems can do is crucial to our future planning.

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