2010 Horizon Report ANZ

The NMC Releases the 2010 Horizon Report ANZ Edition

The 2010 Horizon Report for Australia and New Zealand was released today by the New Media Consortium. The internationally recognized series of Horizon Reports is part of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging  technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years on a variety of sectors around the globe. The HR ANZ examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative enquiry within higher education in Australia and New Zealand over a five-year time period. This is the third in the annual series of reports focused on higher education in the region.

Technologies to Watch

On the near-term horizon — that is, within the next 12 months — the technologies to watch are (drum roll please):

0-12 Months

  • Electronic books
  • Mobile devices

2-3 Years

  • Augmented reality
  • Open content

4-5  Years

  • Gesture-based computing
  • Visual data analysis

As always these emerging technologies are embedded in larger trends that influence the social and technical environment.  The key trends identified this year were:

  • Continuing needs for professional development opportunities around emerging technologies
  • Conceptual mismatches between pedagogical practice and the design of many emerging technologies makes it difficult for teachers to appreciate or use new tools.
  • Educators need for formal instruction in key new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy
  • knowing where to find information has become more valuable than knowing the information themselves

These trends  are a reflection of the impact of technology that is occurring in almost every aspect of our lives and which the Horizon Board must consider as they evaluate the many emerging technologies that vie for a slot among the two chosen in each time frame.

You can get the Horizon Report ANZ 2010 edition from the CEIT website or soon from the NMC itself