Critical Challenges: the Horizon Report 2011

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The 2011 Horizon Report, a collaboration between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, looks at emerging technologies and their potential impact on the education system in the United States in the next five years.  The report points out key trends and issues:

Key Trends

1. The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing.

2. People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.

3. The world of work is increasingly collaborative, giving rise to reflection about the way student projects are structured.

4. The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized.

Critical Challenges

1. Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.

2. Appropriate metrics of evaluation lag behind the emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching.

3. Economic pressures and new models of education are presenting unprecedented competition to traditional models of the university.

4. Keeping pace with the rapid proliferation of information, software tools, and devices is challenging for students and teachers alike.

I wonder why financial backing of technology in schools is not listed here as a critical issue. With all the budget cuts due to deficits, new technology may not be affordable for many. It seems like schools are always waiting for the next technology to come around, so they do not buy one and it immediately be old. However, that is the same problem facing consumers, and every once in a while you just have to bite the bullet and buy – that is, if the money is available.

Are there any key trends or issues missing from the 2011 Horizon Report?

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