An Open Discussion on the 2014 Horizon Report

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT April 3, 2014

One of the skills that lead to effective decisions is the ability to recognize and draw meaning from patterns. How might you use resources like the NMC Horizon Report to hone your ability to recognize patterns and use that knowledge to make better strategic decisions? (Times EDT)

At a time of rapid, systemic change, decision-makers must be skilled at recognizing patterns that point to the future of higher education. Many resources exist that follow, describe, and analyze trends. One such resource is the NMC Horizon Report. The 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). For more than a decade, the NMC Horizon Project has been researching emerging technologies with the potential to affect teaching, learning, research, creative inquiry, and information management. The final report for 2014 is linked below.

How might you use this research to make the best possible strategic decisions to ensure mission-driven integration of pedagogy and technology? Join this open discussion led by NITLE Senior Fellow Bryan Alexander in which participants will review the Horizon Report, identify local patterns that support or contradict the projections described, and evaluate their potential impact for individual programs or institutions.

Recommended Reading

Please review the following report to prepare for active engagement with your fellow seminar participants.

Seminar Leader

Bryan Alexander is a senior fellow at NITLE as well as a researcher, futurist, teacher, writer, speaker, and consultant working in the field of technology and education. His current research interests include educational applications for mobile computing, gaming, social media, and digital storytelling. Dr. Alexander is the author of Future Trends in Technology and Education, a monthly report that surveys recent developments in how education is changing, primarily under the impact of digital technologies. His book, The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media, was published in April 2011 by Praeger. A 2004 Frye Fellow, he holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan.

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This seminar is designed for those interested in increasing their awareness of emerging trends, using that information for planning and decision-making, and expanding organizational resiliency in the midst of constantly changing conditions. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

Please register online by Tuesday, April 1. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.


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NITLE Shared AcademicsTM models a new approach to liberal education – made possible through strategic collaboration, driven by shared knowledge, and supported by emerging technologies. Campuses learn how inter-institutional academic exchange works by actively participating in it, building the knowledge and experience to re-architect liberal education.