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  1. page Wireless Power edited What is Wireless Power? [[include component="page" page="TopicsNav"]] Anyo…

    What is Wireless Power?
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    Anyone who attends a class or meeting where most of the participants have laptop computers is well aware that there are never enough power outlets—and when they are available, they are invariably located in inconvenient places. Wireless power, already being prototyped by several companies, promises to alleviate the problem by making power for charging batteries in devices readily available. Using near-field inductive coupling, power can be transmitted through special surfaces or even through open space to charge devices within a home, office, school, or other setting. Consumer products are already entering the market; the Powermat, for instance, charges up to three devices placed onto its surface (each device must first be slipped into a compatible sleeve). Fulton Innovation's eCoupled technology is designed to be built into desk- and countertops, enabling not only power transfer but other wireless communications between devices placed on the surfaces. Witricity is developing transmitters that would be embedded in walls or other furniture, transferring power via inductive coupling to receivers attached to devices anywhere within the home or classroom. The impact of wireless power for education will primarily be felt in learning spaces; the devices we carry will become more useful and easier to maintain, with increased opportunity for longer use in a variety of settings.
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    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
    Certainly one of the large hurdles folks who have implemented 1:1 projects (in AU - RMIT Communications Course, SAE Institute, Adelaide Uni Science Faculty) come across is power access. Both traditional lecture theatres and collaborative spaces will benefit from wireless power although not being an elec engineer, I am not aware of the current work in the area and where things are headed. stephen.atherton Mar 7, 2012
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    (2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?
    gilly.salmon Mar 10, 2012 it's about team work especially architects of buildings and IT professionals- new buildings still having very conventional views of how people will work and learn together and the IT 'cabling' needs
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  2. page WhatsNew edited What's New? The wiki is now open! If you are new to using this kind of wiki, see our Getting St…

    What's New?
    The wiki is now open! If you are new to using this kind of wiki, see our Getting Started guide.
    Welcome Advisory Board members! Please introduce yourselves via the discussion tab on the wiki main page.

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  3. page Web Aggregation Tools edited What are Web Aggregation Tools? [[include component="page" page="TopicsNav"…

    What are Web Aggregation Tools?
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    Aggregation is the process of transparently gathering together distributed pieces of online content based on an interest in the topic(s), the author(s), or other shared characteristics. RSS readers are one way to aggregate data, but with the increase in personal publishing, new tools for aggregation are emerging. Using these tools, readers can easily track a distributed conversation that takes place across blogs, Twitter, and other publishing platforms, as well as pull in relevant resources from news feeds and other sources. Some educators and students are seeking alternatives to course management systems, preferring to open their discussions and make use of a variety of tools instead. Aggregation can reunite course discussions that once took place within CMS forums, even if they are scattered among different platforms and tools. Aggregation can allow a class to visualize its conversations in new ways. Information is available when and where the reader wishes, in almost any desired format.
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    Press Clippings: Published Technologies to Watch Lists
    This area is a place to collect "Technologies to Watch" lists published by other organizations.
    Though these lists and publications may serve a different audience and purpose than the Horizon Report does, they contain many useful descriptions and discussions that can and should inform our work.
    We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- Sam Apr 14, 2011 (note - to keep the wiki clean, please put spaces on either side of your marks). This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.
    Recommended Reading
    3 Hot Technology Trends to Watch in 2012
    http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/12/30/3-hot-technology-trends-to-watch-in-2012/
    Daily Finance notes in-car streaming as a technology to look out for in 2012. They also predict that a big comeback is in store for Microsoft with the impending release of Windows 8.
    10 Cutting-edge Mobile Application Trends for 2012
    http://www.itbusinessedge.com/slideshows/show.aspx?c=87261
    This slideshow provides a visual of the mobile application trends for 2012, including location-based services, social networking, and improved mobile searches. garry.putland Mar 5, 2012
    10 Tech Trends to Watch for in 2012
    http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/10-tech-trends-to-watch-for-in-2012-1050007
    Windows 8 and Ultra thin tablets made this list of the top 10 technologies for 2012.gordon.sanson Feb 23, 2012 shirley.reushle Mar 5, 2012 garry.putland Mar 5, 2012
    10 Workplace Trends to Watch in 2012
    http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222733
    This article describes the top ten trends currently transforming traditional works spaces, bringing to light the positive impact of technology on productivity. shirley.reushle Mar 5, 2012
    12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012katrina.reynen Feb 27, 2012
    http://mindshift.kqed.org/2012/01/12-education-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2012/
    This article summarizes the top technology trends in schools for 2012, including BYOD as major asset and bandwidth issues as a continuing challenge. garry.putland Mar 5, 2012
    12 Ways to Learn in 2012
    http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning2-0/12-ways-to-learn-in-2012/
    This article explores new ways to leverage technology for learning in 2012, including digital libraries and collections.suzi.vaughan Feb 24, 2012 shirley.reushle Mar 5, 2012
    CES 2012 Preview: Top 7 Trends to Watch
    http://blog.laptopmag.com/ces-2012-preview-top-7-trends-to-watch
    The Consumer Electronics Show is an event at the beginning of each year that exposes consumers to the latest technologies for the year ahead. This year, the show featured technologies including gesture-controlled televisions and "ice cream sandwich" tablets. garry.putland Mar 5, 2012 shirley.reushle Mar 5, 2012
    Education-Technology Trends to Watch in 2012
    http://wyldaboutbusiness2.blogspot.com/2012/02/education-technology-trends-to-watch-in.html
    This article hits on the edtech trends we will see more of in 2012, from budgeting to social media use to system management
    Envisioning emerging Technology for 2012 and Beyond
    http://envisioningtech.com/
    This web site is devoted to the visual mapping of the technologies to watch in 2012. Envisioning technology is meant to facilitate technology observations by taking a step back and seeing the wider context. By speculating about what lies beyond the horizon we can make better decisions of what to create today. garry.putland Mar 5, 2012daniel.ingvarson Mar 5, 2012
    Gartner: the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2012katrina.reynen Feb 27, 2012
    http://www.cio.com/article/692031/Gartner_the_Top_10_Strategic_Technology_Trends_for_2012?source=CIONLE_nlt_insider_2011-10-20
    "The technology that makes up many of the systems in the Information Technology world today is at a critical juncture. In the next five years everything from mobile devices and applications to servers and social networking will impact IT in ways companies need to prepare for now, Gartner Vice President David Cearley says." This article lists the top ten tech trends and the implications of those for the upcoming 2012 year. garry.putland Mar 5, 2012
    New Technologies for e-Learning in 2012 (and a Little Beyond)
    http://www.tonybates.ca/2012/01/05/new-technologies-for-e-learning-in-2012-and-a-little-beyond/
    Tony Bates cites trends that may have been missing from the Horizon Report that will grow in 2012, including HTML5. daniel.ingvarson Mar 5, 2012
    Nine Hot Technology Startups to Watch in 2012
    http://www.computerworlduk.com/in-depth/it-business/3328213/nine-hot-technology-startups-watch-in-2012/
    This article takes a look at nine start-up companies -- many of which work with cloud computing -- including Cloudbees and Goshido.
    Seven Technology Predictions for 2012 and Beyond
    http://globalknowledgeblog.com/technology/virtualization-technology/cloud-computing/seven-technology-predictions-for-2012/
    The death of the laptop, the evolution of the cloud, and the rise of streaming media are cited as technology progressions to watch in 2012. garry.putland Mar 5, 2012
    Tech To Watch 2012: HD Screens in Your Hand
    http://blog.laptopmag.com/tech-to-watch-2012-hd-screens-in-your-hand
    This article zeroes in on the advancements in mobile technology, specifically screen resolution and its applications in improving our everyday lives.
    Tech To Watch 2012: NFC Goes Beyond Digital Wallets
    http://blog.laptopmag.com/tech-to-watch-2012-nfc-goes-beyond-digital-wallets
    This article delves into the specific uses and potential for near field communication in 2012.
    Technology Areas to Watch in 2012 through 2016
    http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/12/technology-areas-to-watch-in-2012.html
    According to this article, robotics an hyperbroadband among others are on this list of technology areas where we may see major developments over the next four years/
    Ten Trends 2012
    http://www.core-ed.org/lab/ten-trends-2012
    CORE Education is a non-profit based out of New Zealand that promotes new technologies in education and offers services for educational improvement. It annually explores the top ten trends for education and the 2012 trends are outlined in a free open publication.daniel.ingvarson Mar 5, 2012
    The Top 10 Tech Trends for 2012
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/19/tech/innovation/top-tech-trends-2012/index.html
    This watch list discusses touch computing and social gestures as the top to technology topics of 2012.daniel.ingvarson Mar 5, 2012 shirley.reushle Mar 5, 2012
    The Year Ahead in IT, 2012
    http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/01/06/gonick-essay-predicting-higher-ed-it-developments-2012
    The author points to Open Learning Initiatives becoming an institutional imperative as the biggest trend to watch in 2012. shirley.reushle Mar 5, 2012
    5 Trends that Will Shape the Next Few Years of Social Media
    http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2010/09/19/5-trends-that-will-shape-the-next-few-years-of-social-media/
    "The past few years have seen some spectacular changes in the technology that embeds itself in our daily lives. The perfect storm of social media, smart phones and location awareness is only beginning to take full effect. We’ve gazed into crystal ball and considered how we think these technologies will combine to become such an established fabric of our lives that in the next few years what we’ve written here won’t be considered amazing at all..." Larry Apr 25, 2011 garry.putland Mar 5, 2012daniel.ingvarson Mar 6, 2012
    Top 12 Tech Trends to Watch for 2012 http://blog.laptopmag.com/tech-to-watch-2012-11-trends-to-define-the-new-year shirley.reushle Mar 5, 2012

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    What is Visual Data Analysis?
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    Visual data analysis blends highly advanced computational methods with sophisticated graphics engines to tap the extraordinary ability of humans to see patterns and structure in even the most complex visual presentations. Currently applied to massive, heterogeneous, and dynamic datasets, such as those generated in studies of astrophysical, fluidic, biological, and other complex processes, the techniques have become sophisticated enough to allow the interactive manipulation of variables in real time. Ultra high-resolution displays allow teams of researchers to zoom into interesting aspects of the renderings, or to navigate along interesting visual pathways, following their intuitions and even hunches to see where they may lead. New research is now beginning to apply these sorts of tools to the social sciences as well, and the techniques offer considerable promise in helping us understand complex social processes like learning, political and organizational change, and the diffusion of knowledge.
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    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
    gilly.salmon Mar 10, 2012 well the descriptor is good about the potential, but I suspect this will take a while at least in HE
    Visualisation was once the preserve of Supercomputer groups because the technology required was so expensive. Yet the power to display data in a form which is easily understandable is unquestionably valuable for teaching and learning as well as research. To see a great example of this, look at Professor Hans Rosling's BBC programme, "The Joy of Statistics", which although it sounds boring is both informative and entertaining on this topic. Video link is here: http://flowingdata.com/2010/12/30/the-joy-of-stats-available-in-its-entirety/ . nick.tate Mar 18, 2012
    If we consider Visual Data Analysis from the user side of the equation, it is already in widespread use. It was cited in the 2010 global report.
    Examples :
    http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory (tracks the changing rate of life expectancy in the world’s countries) and http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/ (visually presents location and strength of quakes and tremors in the Christchurch region) michael.coughlan
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    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?
    Software that enables relatively basic visual data analysis is already plentiful (Wordle, Ushahidi, Many Eyes), and ability to create and incorporate visual data analysis into presentations and research could become an important aspect of digital literacy. Such presentations may be more engaging and easier to understand than text only equivalents.
    See 7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualisation at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7052.pdf michael.coughlan
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    (4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?
    The Gapminder Foundation produces some excellent free material for education. http://www.gapminder.org/ . nick.tate Mar 18, 2012
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  6. page Virtual Worlds edited What are Virtual Worlds? [[include component="page" page="TopicsNav"]] The…

    What are Virtual Worlds?
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    The capability of virtual worlds has expanded considerably in the past few years, with enormous development in building tools, climate simulators, physics engines, and the overall capability of these platforms to simulate reality. A growing number of Internet users have an avatars in a virtual world, and hundreds of platforms to allow those avatars places to interact are already available or in development. Virtually every higher education institution has some sort of work going in around virtual spaces, and in just one platform alone, Linden Lab’s Second Life®, thousands of educational projects and experiments are actively underway. Early projects that drew heavily on real-world forms and practices gradually have given way to more experimental ventures that take advantage of the unique opportunities afforded by virtual worlds and other immersive digital environments. Now we are seeing increased use of these spaces for truly immersive forms of learning and for a level of collaboration that is erasing traditional boundaries and borders rapidly. The technology that supports virtual worlds is advancing at a rapid rate, paving the way for more realistic environments, connections between different platforms, and new ways to enter and use virtual spaces. As participation and development both continue to increase, these environments are becoming ever more interesting spaces with obvious potential for teaching, learning, and creative expression.
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    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
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    margaret.lloyd Mar 17, 2012Virtual worlds allow real time connections between campuses and institutions. It allows simulations of settings such as court rooms or classrooms.
    (2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?
    shirley.reushle Mar 10, 2012 Despite our involvement in several virtual world projects and increasing interest from collaborators from both within our institution and in the community, fear of a ready access to technology by the ICT Dept continues to create major barriers to progress
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    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?
    margaret.lloyd Mar 17, 2012 I think the potential is almost limitless both for environments for students to enter and also for them to create.
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    (4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?
    shirley.reushle Mar 10, 2012 Many projects at USQ - collaborations with USQ's Digital Futures Institute. With Nursing and Midwifery to support the development of clinical reasoning skills; with primary and secondary schools to create science-related environments; with the Faculty of Law and Business - moot court; with Marketing - digital careers fair. shirley.reushle Mar 18, 2012
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    margaret.lloyd Mar 17, 2012 The Faculty of Education, at the University of New England, involves its preservice teachers in Quest Atlantis. They have also, along with Griffith University, conducted a conference for preservice teachers in this virtual world. The Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology, particularly Des Butler, have developed scenarios for students using Second Life avatars and simple animation techniques, see http://eprints.**qut**.edu.au/18399/1/18399c.pdfAlso, Geoff Crisp has used virtual worlds to rethink student assessment, see http://www.iml.uts.edu.au/pdfs/**CRISP**.pdf

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    What are Virtual Assistants?
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    As voice recognition and gesture-based technologies advance and more recently, converge, we are moving away from the notion of interaction with our devices via a pointer and keyboard. Virtual assistants are the natural end goal of natural user interfaces (NUI), and build on developments in interfaces across the spectrum of engineering, computer science, and biometrics. A new class of smart televisions will be among the first devices to make comprehensive use of the idea. While crude versions of virtual assistants have been around for some time, we have yet to achieve the level of interactivity seen in Apple's classic video, Knowledge Navigator . The Apple iPhone 4s’ Siri is a recent mobile-based example, and allows users to control all the functions of the phone, participate in lifelike conversations with users, and more. Microsoft Research is devoting considerable resources to developing NUIs. Virtual assistants for learning are clearly in the long-term horizon, but the potential of the technology to add substance to informal modes of learning is compelling.
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    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
    gilly.salmon Mar 10, 2012 oh wow wee here we go with the academic teachers saying' you're taking the bread from our mouths' again! Can I really stand it? After lying down for a bit I decided I can ...we need some big paradigm shifts in this realm
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    (2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?
    gilly.salmon Mar 10, 2012 I note the coy mention of 'informal learning' what about the use of virtual assistant teachers for new OER universities? (needs must...) lol
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    Horizon Report in Twitter
    Follow what people are talking about on Twitter about the Horizon Report.

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  9. page Trends edited Research Question 3: Key Trends What trends do you expect to have a significant impact on the w…

    Research Question 3: Key Trends
    What trends do you expect to have a significant impact on the ways in which learning-focused institutions approach our core missions of teaching, research, and service?
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    You may find it useful to revisit the Press Clippings on Trends and Challenges as you work on this question.
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    Trend Name. Add your ideas here with a few sentences of description, including full URLs for references (e.g. http://horizon.nmc.org). And do not forget to sign your contribution with 4 ~ (tilde) characters!
    The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators. This multi-year trend from global report was again ranked very highly, indicating its continued influence, specifically in the UK. Institutions must consider the unique value that each adds to a world in which information is everywhere. In such a world, sense-making and the ability to assess the credibility of information are paramount. Mentoring and preparing students for the world in which they will live � the central role of the university when it achieved its modern form in the 14th century � is again at the forefront. (Carried forward from the 2011 Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education) I would agree but think this needs considerable explanation - is this about the teaching of critical literacy? the need for awareness of potential plagiarism? the need to stay out of students' lives on Facebook? This cannot be a 'new' problem - we have had the Internet since 1969 and the WWW since 1995(?). The statement sounds right but it lacks clarity. Is it, for example, one of many things to challenge our roles as educators? margaret.lloyd Mar 17, 2012
    What were previously thought of as new and disruptive forms of scholarship are now becoming the norm for scholarly communication. Blogs, open textbooks, electronic journals, and forms of expression embodied in new media formats have challenged notions of scholarly writing and communication for several years. Yet these techniques are increasingly common and are readily accepted as informal outlets for scholarly work. A more gradual trend toward official acceptance is moving slowly, but its stirrings are visible in the adoption of electronic content, experiments with crowd-sourcing, and open, online peer review of scholarly work. This trend is related to the challenge of developing metrics for evaluating such work, noted in the 2010 Horizon Report, as well as again in 2011. (Carried forward from the 2011 Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education) It would be nice to extend this to the notion of rethinking university assessments - are new technologies being used for student assessment and expression? the podcast or vodcast in preference to the 2000 word essay?margaret.lloyd Mar 17, 2012 Agree with Margaret - rethinking approaches for formative and summative assessment is critical. There is some movement but we are still some way away from general acceptance that examinations and lengthy essays remain the most effective form of assessment. Provision of exemplars an important strategy to demonstrate alternatives. shirley.reushle Mar 18, 2012
    The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized. The continuing acceptance and adoption of cloud-based applications and services is changing not only the ways we configure and use software and file storage, but even how we conceptualize those functions. It does not matter where our work is stored; what matters is that our information is accessible no matter where we are or what device we choose to use. Globally, in huge numbers, we are growing used to a model of browser-based software that is device-independent. While some challenges still remain, specifically with notions of privacy and control, the promise of significant cost savings is an important driver in the search for solutions. (Carried forward from the 2011 Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education) jamie.madden Mar 4, 2012
    The world of work is increasingly collaborative, driving changes in the way student projects are structured. As more and more employers are valuing collaboration as a critical skill, silos both in the workplace and at school are being abandoned in favour of collective intelligence. To facilitate more teamwork and group communication, projects rely on tools like wikis, Google Doc, Skype, and online forums. Projects are increasingly evaluated by educators not just on the overall outcome, but also on the success of the group dynamic. In many cases, the online collaboration tool itself is an equally important outcome as it stores � and even immortalizes� the process and multiple perspectives that led to the end results. (Carried forward from the 2011 Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education). This is true, the nice thing about technologies is that it allows you to quite clearly discern individual input into a collective outcome (as on this very page), individual assessment remains an important part of university work. The challenge is to design assessment which allows for both. margaret.lloyd Mar 18, 2012
    The growing availability of bandwidth will dramatically change user behaviours in teaching, learning and research over the next five years. The advent of cloud computing has alleviated the burden of storing software, email services, and other applications locally. Major resources are now accessible via web browser in just one click, no longer bogging down computer speed. Students and educators can now connect and collaborate with more ease, transfer files and information quicker, and store more new content. (Carried forward from the 2011 Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education) jamie.madden Mar 4, 2012stephen.marshall Mar 17, 2012 And the technology folks will still struggle with security aspects of the cloud stephen.atherton Mar 18, 2012 For Australia, the long awaited roll out of the National Broadband Network promises greater access, increased opportunities, etc. shirley.reushle Mar 18, 2012Agreed, behaviours will change but institutions need to recognise and deliver the bandwidth they need for access where there is massive synchronous load in large classesgordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
    People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to. This trend, noted in several recent NMC Horizon Reports, continues to permeate all aspects of daily living. Life in an increasingly busy world where learners must balance demands from home, work, school, and family poses a host of logistical challenges with which today�s ever more mobile students must cope. A faster approach is often perceived as a better approach, and as such people want easy and timely access not only to the information on the network, but to their social networks that can help them to interpret it and maximize its value. The implications for informal learning are profound, as are the notions of �just-in-time� learning and �found� learning, both ways of maximizing the impact of learning by ensuring it is timely and efficient. (Carried forward from the 2011 Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education)
    Increasingly, students want to use their own technology for learning. As new technologies are developed at a more rapid and at a higher quality, there is a wide variety of different devices, gadgets, and tools from which to choose. Utilizing a specific device has become something very personal � an extension of someone�s personality and learning style � for example, the iPhone vs. the Android. There is comfort in giving a presentation or performing research with tools that are more familiar and productive at the individual level. And, with handheld technology becoming mass produced and more affordable, students are more likely to have access to more advanced equipment in their personal lives than at school. (Carried forward from the 2011 Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education) jamie.madden Mar 4, 2012stephen.marshall Mar 17, 2012 This needs to be done, of course, with proper and respectful attention paid to the possible inequities of this, BYOD has endless advantages, but creates a greater distance for those who do not own these devices or are able to repair/update/upgrade these. margaret.lloyd Mar 18, 2012The idea of a BYOD being supported by HECS has been raised with the government. Most students purchase a device but it is hard to support the myriad of devices. The Singapore universities generally have a better model that Australia should be aware of. There is a cost of supporting any and all devices and there is an important equity issue for those who cannot afford any device at all. Why do institutions spend so much purchasing devices when their students in the main already have one? There has to be a better way.gordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
    Computers as we know them are in the process of a massive reinvention. The computer is smaller, lighter, and better connected than ever before, without the need for wires or bulky peripherals. In many cases, smart phones and other mobile devices are sufficient for basic computing needs, and only specialized tasks require a keyboard, large monitor, and a mouse. Mobiles are connected to an ecosystem of applications supported by cloud computing technologies that can be downloaded and used instantly, for pennies. As the capabilities and interfaces of small computing devices improve, our ideas about when � or whether � a traditional computer is necessary are changing as well. (Carried forward from the 2011 Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education)stephen.marshall Mar 17, 2012 The real power is in changing flat-floor classrooms or outdoor spaces into immediate interconnected learning spaces.margaret.lloyd Mar 18, 2012
    Recognition and acceptance by tertiary educators of the potential of new technologies is increasing.On many levels, what used to be considered emerging tools and new teaching and learning approaches have now reached mainstream adoption among educators. Maximizing online opportunities is one of the most notably accepted concepts. More than ever, teachers and administrators are embracing new technologies because there is now so much well-documented research on the positive outcomes they generate. Collaborations between other educational institutions have yielded lists of best practices and other tangibles that prove the worth of technology in learning. Communities and networks of practice are supporting educators as they experiment with new ideas and share their results. (Carried forward from the 2011 Technology Outlook for New Zealand Tertiary Education) This returns to the notion of TPACK - knowing how to use a technology and knowing the best way to teach with or through it are two different things. margaret.lloyd Mar 18, 2012 Institutions are starting to get it. Just a look at recent senior appointments (some of whom are on this advisory board) in the last 6 months, and indeed their catchy titles. PVC Learning Transformation, PVC Learning Futures. PVC Educational Transformation. This reflect an organisational recognition of the need to focus on Ed technologies and will hopefully filter down to both academic and general staff. stephen.atherton Mar 18, 2012 Even more telling are the initiatives the Australian governments (state and national) are funding e.g. Collaborative Research Networks focusing on "digital futures"; Structural Adjustment Funds, etc. shirley.reushle Mar 18, 2012 I am interested in the comment by Stephen Atherton that new technologies will "hopefully" filter down. I think the problem of empowering and encouraging academics across an institution, and also their students, to really embrace new technologies that improve the education process is far bigger than the provision of the technological resources that are used poorly or not at all.gordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
    Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models. Budget cuts have forced institutions to re-evaluate their education strategies and find alternatives to the exclusive face-to-face learning models. Students already spend much of their free time on the Internet, learning and exchanging new information � often via their social networks. Institutions that embrace face-to-face/online hybrid learning models have the potential to leverage the online skills learners have already developed independent of academia. We are beginning to see developments in online learning that offer different affordances than physical campuses, including opportunities for increased collaboration while equipping students with stronger digital skills. Hybrid models, when designed and implemented successfully, enable students to travel to campus for some activities, while using the network for others, taking advantage of the best of both environments. (Carried forward from the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 HiEd Edition) Isn't the cost-saving argument a furphy? The change has not, in the short term, saved anyone any time or money. The appeal is to students - break down the notion of being on campus and attendant costs of transport, childcare, loss of salary. margaret.lloyd Mar 18, 2012I agree this is happening but is it because it is seen to be more cost-effective? Possibly though it would be rarely admitted. Surely the challenge for us is to use the best (unique) aspects of online and integrate it with the best (unique) aspects of F2F. In other words blended learning because it is better not because it is cheaper or more convenient.gordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
    There is a new emphasis in the classroom on more challenge-based and active learning.Challenge-based learning and similar methods foster more active learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. As technologies such as tablets and smartphones now have proven applications in higher education institutions, educators are leveraging these tools, which students already use, to connect the curriculum with real life issues. The active learning approaches are decidedly more student-centered, allowing them to take control of how they engage with a subject and to brainstorm and implement solutions to pressing local and global problems. The hope is that if learners can connect the course material with their own lives, their surrounding communities, and the world as a whole, then they will become more excited to learn and immerse themselves in the subject matter. (Carried forward from the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 HiEd Edition)
    Lecture capture, podcasting, and cheap personal video recorders increasingly make it much easier to prepare lecture-style content for students to see/hear before coming to class. There is an ever-growing cadre of professors posting lectures, pre-lectures, and other video-based reflections online. Similar to how students would prepare for class by reading a book, they can now watch or listen to educators exploring the course material beforehand. This frees up time during class to engage in responsive activities and collaborative problem-solving. The driving forces behind this trend are popular models such as Khan Academy, which contains thousands of brief video tutorials that convey material. (Carried forward from the NMC Horizon Project > 2012 HiEd Short List) These processes are also advantageous outside of content delivery. For example, in introducing themes to distance students, a simple podcast is more effective than pages of text. We need to be careful that being 'online' does not mean just putting old wine in a new bottle, and uploading videos of disengaging didactic lectures. We can do better than this. margaret.lloyd Mar 18, 2012 I agree very much with the last comment. I also wonder about the value of prerecording "content" that is already available because it is seen to be more "palatable" to students because it uses new media. Why, if we want a discussion in a lecture do we want to pre-record lecture-style content. Yes there has to be a better way.gordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
    Institutions are increasingly exploring technologies that allow teachers and students to better collaborate. Social networks and cloud-based tools and applications are changing the ways teachers and students communicate with each other. Open resources such as wikis and Google Apps also enable the free exchange of ideas and prompt insightful discussions between teachers and students. The result is more opportunities for collaboration, and a change in the dynamic of the teacher-student relationship that promotes more of an equilibrium. (Carried forward from the NMC Horizon Project > 2012 HiEd Short List) True, institutions are providing these tools but there is a dark side that is on the mind of the HoS. How does a teacher monitor such activity well without a crippling commitment of time that limits their other responsibilities? The tools need to be more friendly for moderation.gordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
    Should pedagogy continue to lead technology in educational implementation?. It has long been considered the accepted norm, at least amongst educational and instructional designers, that good educational technology should be informed by existing pedagogical theory and practice. Is it now the case that rapid developments in educational technology (eg. the iPad to name but one) are actually challenging us as educators to come up with new and more innovative ways in which we should be using technology to inform our education practice? As Jan Herrington says: We tend to teach from or about the technologies but not with the technologies (Moodlemoot, 2011) Should technology now be leading pedagogy? kevin.ashford-rowe Feb 29, 2012stephen.marshall Mar 17, 2012 An interesting concept worth exploring further shirley.reushle Mar 18, 2012 Yes a very interesting question. Pedagogy can and perhaps should be informed and enabled by technology but that is not the same as technology leading pedagogy, I think that is problematicgordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
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    There is an increasing interest in using data for personalising the experience and for performance measures. As learners undertake their online activities they leave a vast trace of data that can be mined for a range of purposes. In some instances, the data is used for intervention, enrichment or extension of the learning experience. This can be made available to instructors and learners as dashboards (easy to read and visually effective) so that progress can be monitored. In other instances, the data is made available to appropriate audiences for measuring student (in some instances, to motivate the student if carefully crafted) and academic performance. As this field matures, the hope is that this information will be used to continually improve the educational outcomes of the learners. garry.putland Mar 8, 2012stephen.marshall Mar 17, 2012gordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
    The Government's aim is that by 2020, Australia will be among the world's leading digital economies based on key indicators such as broadband penetration and usage rankings. It is stated that the government�s commitment to build the enabling infrastructure, in particular the building of the National Broadband Network, will allow Australia to participate in and enjoy the benefits of the global digital economy. What impact with the NBN have on educational developments and trends? shirley.reushle Mar 11, 2012One important trend if and when it is delivered and it is still a long way off for most people is to level the playing field of access to education. But that education environment will be different to the one we currently know and which nurtured and rewarded most of us contributing to this wiki.gordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
    Increased private investment in educational technology companies and their product developments. This trend may lead to new educational models, both for-profit and non-profit; and has already led to disruptive new entrants in the LMS market that may pose challenges to universities having to re-think their LMS investments and educational technology strategies. ric.canale Mar 17, 2012I think this is likely to be a very important trend as universities and schools engage with content and service providers to allow teachers to do what only they can do. In my institution the capital cost of the teaching infrastructure built over say the last 10 years is dwarfed by the salaries of the teachers in those spaces. The challenge is not to timetable more efficient use of space but to enhance the effective capacity of the people. People are always the most important asset and they need to be empowered.gordon.sanson Mar 19, 2012
    Competency-based learning We have finally started to recognise the bankruptcy of credit hours and seat time as proxies for learning. Competencies represent demonstrable learning through the production or creation of material that represents an achieved understanding or skill. Learning analytics allows us to start to illuminate the achievement of understanding at a more granular level. The implications for this are huge. The semester, even for place-based institutions becomes representative of learning time blocks that can and should be interspersed with shorter focused in-depth learning 'deep dives' that serve to either help narrow the variance in understanding and progress that otherwise spreads out over a semester so that students who through their standard learning patterns within a term can reconnect with their cohort peers, or allowing high performing students a focused time to advance in greater depth their achievements in areas of their interest and choice. Phillip.Long
    The theme of consumerisation? More and more as we move into the post PC era, university infrastructure and indeed pedagogy is responding to consumer items becoming educational tools. stephen.atherton Mar 17, 2012 I agree with your observation, but I don't think of it as consumerisation. It's like these consumer items and the platforms and people they connect their owners to expand learning opportunities so much. ric.canale Mar 17, 2012 [Editor's Note: Moved from RQ2]
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