2014 NMC Horizon Report for Higher Education has been published. The report examines emerging technologies for their potential impact in teaching and learning in Higher Education. This annual report is the 11th report and is produced by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).
According to the report, six emerging technological developments will have a significant impact on higher education:
Flipped classroom: is a model of teaching in which recorded lectures are viewed outside of the classroom and faculties create the classroom activities to engage students learning. The report indicated that “the flipped classroom is becoming increasingly popular in higher education because it allows professors t use classroom time more efficiently and because it helps students develop collaborative sills that they may need in the workplace.”—NOVA has provided Panopto and Blackboard Collaborate for faculty to record the lecture.
Learning analytics: refers to a combination of traditional strategies used in student retention and methods that pull data from a variety of disparate sources to help provide a clearer picture of individual students’ educations and to help improve teaching and learning.
3D printing allows students to invent new objects and use 3D printed objects to nurture creativity and stimulate intellectual inquiry.
Games/Gamification includes educational gaming, digital simulations and gamified instruction. — Blackboard embraces badges features that faculty could design the curriculum by encouraging students to earn the badges or certification for completing mission.
“Quantified self” refers to “the phenomenon of consumers being able to closely track data that is relevant to their daily activities through the use of technology.” If the technology could combine the personal data tracking with academic data tracking, the learning will become more real-life related.
Virtual assistants “employ artificial intelligence and natural language processing to provide people with support for a wide range of daily activities.” Apple’s Siri and Android’s Jelly Bean and Google Now are most recognized examples.
The more details and analysis can be viewed in the report here: 2014-nmc-horizon-report-he-EN
Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., Freeman, A. (2014). NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.