Although The Horizon Report for the K-12 environment is the one I most pay attention to for writing this blog, this Horizon Report – Post Secondary has some interesting findings.
Educause has now partnered with NMC to research and publish the Horizon Report but the main areas of interest remain the same.
This report examines key trends accelerating technology adoption in higher education (long, mid and short-term trends), significant challenges impeding technology adoption in higher education (solvable, difficult and wicked challenges), and important developments in educational technology for higher education (one, two-three and four-five years to adoption).
There is much to read and analyse in this report. It is especially interesting to see how long post secondary takes to adopt some trends. For example, one long term trend (five or more years) is to evaluate advancing cultures of innovation. (p.8) Does this seem like a long time to adopt an innovative mindset within post secondary faculties? I thought it was but that is my opinion. Of course, the adoption will vary. Some institutions and even some faculties within institutions will be faster to adopt an innovative mindset and create more diverse learning opportunities for students.
The finding that “rethinking the roles of educators” is a wicked challenge is in line with discovery that innovation is a long term trend. In order to innovate in the faculties of post secondary institutions there will have to be shift in the role of the educator. As with the K-12 environment, teachers will be shifting from “knowledge experts to learning facilitators.” (p.34) Taking into account that students have knowledge at their fingertips in a way never experienced before in education, instructors and teachers will have to become comfortable with digital communications and guiding students to relevant, authentic data, research and conclusions.
There is so much more to talk about – this post is only the beginning. I’ll follow up soon with information about Makerspaces and how they are becoming more prevalent in post secondary environments. Pay close attention to page 40 of the report, “other institutions, such as the university of Calgary, supply maker pedagogy, resources, materials selection criteria and project ideas.” See the note 208, it is linked to my research guide about makerspaces. We will discuss the other findings in a new blogpost, later this week.