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2012 Horizon Report by Mind Map: 2012 Horizon Report
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2012 Horizon Report

This mind mapping is derived from the 2012 Horizon Report for Higher Education published by New Media Consortium (NMC) under CC Attribution. Attached is a copy of the final Report as well as the Preview version.

Significant Challenges

Be sure to follow the link to the Wiki for a comprehensive view of the Challenges.

Unprecedented Competition

Economic Pressures, Cost Controls, Service Quality, Declining Resources

New Models of Education, Streaming Intro Courses, Capitalize on New Technology, Deeper Student Engagement

Lagging Metrics of Evaluation

Authoring & Publishing, Social Media Metrics

Researching, Social Media Based

Admin & Faculty Gap

Digital Media Literacy

Professional Skill, Teacher Education, Faculty Training, Informal Training, Professional Development

Disciplines' Skills, Degree Programs, Student Development

Institutional Barriers

Technology Uptake, Processes, Practices

Resistance to Change, Status Quo, Review System, Tenure, Promotion

New Modes of Scholarship

Libraries, Curator Role

Collections, Social Networks, Open Content

Business Models, Online Research

Documenting Scholarship

Technology to Watch

It is worth looking through the Shortlist that is attached to see additional Technologies that did not make the final report. Similarly, the larger list in the project wiki may also be worthwhile.

Near Term Horizon (w/in 12 months)

Mobile Apps, New Business Model, New Pricing, Zero Price, Near Zero, Niche Markets

Tablet Computing, Mobile Apps, Gaming, Digital Reader, Content Libraries, Video Players

Mid-term Horizon (2-3 years)

Game-based Learning, Gaming Platforms, Mobile Gaming, Games Research, Student Assessment, Serious Games, Simulation-Based Games

Learning Analytics, Information Analysis, Student Data, Tactic Data, Extracurricular Activities, Social Interactions, Explicit Data, Assignments, Exams, Data Modeling, Data Interpretation, Data Mining, Interventions, Improve Teaching, Improve Learning

Far-term Horizon (4-5 years)

Gesture-based Computing, Alternative Input Devices, Touch, Motion, Marker/Markerless, Voice Recognition, Facial Recognition

Internet of Things, Smart Objects, Near Field Communication, RFID, IPv6

Key Trends

The 2012 Horizon Report Retreat Communique is provided as an attachment here because it includes the Meta-Trends which did not all make it into the final report. Reading the larger list of Metatrends in the wiki at this link is really worth while.

Rising Expectations

Access, Tools, Resources, Analysis, Commentary, Social Media/Networks


Formal & Informal

Whenever & Wherever, Work, Learn, Study


Decentralized Support

Cloud-based, Information Accessability, Browser Based Apps, Device Independant, Privacy & Sovereignty, Cost Savings

Workplace is Collaborative

Structure of Student Projects, Collective Intelligence, Group Success

Collaboration Tools, Collaboration Apps, Wikis, Shared Storage, Video Conferencing

Revisiting Educators Roles

Easily Accessible (Internet), Abundant Resources, Relationships, Information Discrimination

Alternative Credentialling

Shifting Education Paradigms

Budget Cuts

Alternative Delivery, Collaborative Learning, Online Learning, Digital Skills, Hybrid Learning


New Classroom Emphasis

Challenge-based Learning

Active Learning