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2010 Horizon Report

Friday, January 15, 2010


The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and the New Media Consortium (NMC). Each year, the report identifies and describes six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression in higher education within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years, and four to five years.
The areas of emerging technology cited for 2010 are:
Time to adoption: One Year or Less

  • Mobile Computing
  • Open Content

Time to adoption: Two to Three Years

  • Electronic Books
  • Simple Augmented Reality

Time to adoption: Four to Five Years

  • Gesture-based Computing
  • Visual Data Analysis

Each section of the report provides live Web links to examples and additional readings. The findings for the 2010 Report resulted from the work of the 47-person Advisory Board, with experts from ten countries.

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This past year's study included 32,126 freshmen and seniors at around 100 schools. It's good to see the sample size staying fairly consistent; actually, it grew a bit, but so did school attendance. It was quite proportionate really, so I think that's fair numbers for inflation. As a periphery member of an educational staff (I work in support of our students and teachers), I have watched tech use over the years. Even once laptops were common in business, it took several years for laptops to really begin being common for freshmen to enter college with. I would say that another interesting aspect to student tech usage is teacher attitudes. Even today it seems that many teachers are still very opposed to using laptops in class because of the chance that the student is playing online, chatting on IM, or otherwise not paying attention. I'm not sure what would be the best way to quantify this sort of data, but I'd love to see it included in a future version of this study.

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