EdTech, Horizon Report, Learning Technologies

What’s On the Horizon [REPORT] – 2015 Higher Ed Edition

The New Media Consortium (NMC) just put out the NMC Horizon Report – 2015 Higher Education Edition last week to share what is ahead in technology and learning in post-secondary for the next few years. This report identifies the trends, challenges, and specific technologies we might see in higher ed over the next 1-5 years.




Image c/o Johnson, Adams Becker, Estrada, & Freeman (2015)

Key trends expected to be adopted in educational technology in higher ed (from the report) include:

  • Evolution of online learning
  • Rethinking learning spaces – what our learning environments and mediums are
  • Increasing focus on open educational resources (FINALLY. Hello, OER!)
  • Rise of data-driven learning and assessment (the good, the bad & the ugly)
  • Agile approaches to change (Really? Where? Sign me up, Higher Ed!)
  • growing important of open communities and university consortia (Looking forward to this)

Significant challenges impeding ed tech adoption in the post-secondary education realm include:

  • Adequately defining and support digital literacy
  • Blending formal and informal learning
  • Complex thinking and communication
  • Integrating personalized learning
  • Competition from new models of education (dare I say MOOCs)
  • Relative lack of rewards for teaching (duh!)

Important developments in educational tech for higher ed include:

  • Bring your own device (BYOD) – I think it’s because we had to…
  • Flipped classroom
  • Makerspaces
  • Adaptive learning technologies
  • The Internet of things

If you work in learning technologies or distance education, much of this report is not “new” – however it gives some insights and examples of what is ahead in the post-secondary landscape. If you working in higher education, I suggest you DOWNLOAD and review your own copy. Not all these trends and predictions are surprising  – but it is always good to know what others are working on in the field of #edtech. Happy reading!


Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., & Freeman, A. (2015). NMC horizon report: 2015 higher education edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.


CTCX #57: Getting Connected in Higher Ed, Part II

Join the Campus Tech Connection (#CTCX) podcast LIVE today (2/13) from 12-1 pm CST as we have an action-packed line up of guests to share how to get connected in Higher Education. Our guests include:

#CTCX #SAtech Highlight of the week:

@katieschmalzel and @jjwil325 from the @SAFirstYears team will tell us about their blogging adventures at Student Affairs – the First Years. This blog connects first year professionals and graduate students share their stories and experiences of life, work, and play in student affairs. Learn about how the 10 writers post each week to attract over 2,000 on their blog.


Bob Ertischek [@profology] founder of Profology a professional social network created exclusively for higher education faculty, staff and administrators. Bob has been an adjunct and full-time faculty member, teaching classes in Political Science and Business Law at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. He has also worked in non-faculty roles in higher education in distance and online learning as a faculty developer and instructional technologist at Rochester Institute of Technology. Bob was a member of the Horizon Project Advisory Board in 2004. Prior to working in Higher Education, Bob practiced law and received his Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia. Bob is married to Faith and has two daughters, Lily and Miranda. Learn how this social network is evolving to connect our higher education peers!


Mark Mruss [@MarkAtAndromo] is a developer at Andromo – a free and easy-to-use professional Android app maker. He’s been programming ever since his parents got him CoCo 3 computer for Christmas. Mark majored in Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, and joined Indigo Rose shortly after graduation. He spent about ten years writting software in C++ designed for Windows developers, and then in early 2011 the company decided to look in a different direction to began mobile development. Although Mark taught himself Python & blogged about it – he does get a chance to leave his nerd behind while hanging out with his son, listening to music,  and riding his bike to work (in the summer – because Winnipeg is COLD). Mark is a beer lover who has been homebrewing for the last two and a half years, and he even grows hops in his own backyard. Come learn how a non-programmer can create an mobile app!

How to connect to #CTCX:

This blog post is cross-posted at BreakDrink.com