Emerging Technologies set to impact on Higher Education
Posted by sarahw9 on 21 January, 2009
I’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.
“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.