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US: Report identifies six key emerging HE technologies
The just published 2008 edition of The Horizon Report has identified six key emerging technologies “likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning and creative expression within higher education”. They are grassroots video, collaboration webs, mobile broadband, data mashups, collective intelligence and social operating systems. The 2008 edition is the fifth annual report produced by the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, and co-published (for free distribution) with the non-profit EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.

The Horizon reports are used in higher education as the basis for discussion about emerging technology, according to NMC chief executive Larry Johnson: "As this is the fifth edition of the report, it also offers an opportunity to look back at the overarching trends over time. What we see is that there are several long-term, conceptual themes that have affected, and continue to affect, the practice of teaching and learning in profound ways."

The project, reports its press release, draws on discussion among knowledgeable people in business, industry and education as well as published resources, current research and practice, and an advisory board that investigates trends and challenges in higher education, explores possible topics for the report and selects the technologies profiled.
The Horizon Report – 2008 Edition
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