Emerging tech to affect learning in HE

The latest Horizon Report for 2008 presents a number of emerging technologies that will affect learning-focused organizations over the next 5 years. These include:

  • grassroot videos that are created easily and freely by anyone via hosting services, leaving only the content to add
  • collaborative spaces that are web-based and allows members to edit docs, hold meetings, etc
  • increasing and affordable mobile broadband for mobile devices like cell phones
  • data mashup capabilities to creating present information
  • collective intelligences appearing in collaborative applications such as Wikipedia and shared in tagging apps
  • social operating systems, the next gen of social networks, that are organized around people and not content

More so, significant trends are the growing use of Web 2.0 concepts and tools, collaboration and community fits with a global world, and the portability and access of info is enhanced by powerful devices.

However, there are some challenges.

  • A number of these technologies are still being developed and refined. As well, leadership is needed to embrace shifts in how the expression of scholarship, research and creative expression.
  • Also, a review of how to implement and assess learning in collaborative educational communities.
  • And ownership within collaborative work is an issue.
  • As well, there is a growing demand to deliver services and content via mobile devices.
  • An imperative and emerging need is to increase the information, visual and technological literacy skills of students and faculty.

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