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2013 Horizon Report Released

The annual Horizon Report from the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE has been released.  The technologies highlighted in the report include MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses), tablet computing, gaming, learning analytics, 3D printing, and wearable technology.

They divide the technologies into the near-term horizon (i.e., within the next 12 months), mid-term horizon (2-3 years out), and far-term horizon (4-5 years away).  MOOCs and tablet computing are classified as near-term, tablet computing and games and gamification are mid-term, while 3D printing and wearable technology are far-term.

Their summary of the near-term technologies reads as follows:

On the near-term horizon— that is, within the next 12 months — massively open online courses (MOOCs) and tablet computing will see widespread adoption in higher education.  MOOCs have become an increasingly popular option for online learning that often promise free, high quality education, though media attention surrounding this category has prompted critics to examine the most prominent models very closely. Tablets have proven to be a solid fit with today’s always-connected university students, and the recent expansion of the tablet market is presenting them with a wide array of affordable options.

The full report is available for free at the Horizon Report site.


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