Tech Talk Roundtable 69: Horizon Report Part Two

Mission

The NMC Horizon Project charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, research, and creative inquiry. Launched in 2002, it epitomizes the mission of the NMC to help educators and thought leaders across the world build upon the innovation happening at their institutions by providing them with expert research and analysis. At 12 years and growing, the NMC Horizon Project is the longest-standing initiative that analyzes educational technology trends.

Time to Adoption: Two to Three Years
(3D Printing, Learning Analytics, Personal Learning Environments, Massive Open Online Courses)

Many schools have 3D printers, but they are often rudimentary in their uses. Simple designs such as characters and symbols are the norm. Software support is fantastic, but the more sophisticated printers are still expensive. This will surely change as prices come down and we find ourselves going from printing cute toys to printing more sophisticated items with moving parts inside.

Learning analytics and personal learning environments are exciting and promising opportunities. Teachers are limited in our ability to truly understand how well each of our students is doing in more than the broadest sense. A handful of services, such as Khan Academy, provide our students with an adaptive learning experience based on learning analytics.  Other apps, such as Exit Ticket allow us to capture student impressions and thoughts and display them on a dashboard interface where, over time, we can spot trends and patterns with how students engage with assignments and more.

Do you MOOC much? Many of us have heard of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course); at the outset it seemed as if they would take over education.  That reality has not happened (yet?), and the MOOC narrative now talks of very low completion rates. However, with classes sizes in the hundreds of thousands, MOOC’s do fill a niche and even at an 8% average completion rate, that is still a very large number.

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