Upcoming Trends in Education (What We Could See in 2019)

The Horizon Report continues to provide, as it has for over a decade, ideas about higher education developments, trends, and challenges. Published by EDUCAUSE and the New Media Consortium, the report identifies what is “likely to have an impact” on learning and teaching.  

See https://library.educause.edu/resources/2018/8/2018-nmc-horizon-report for the full report.  See Students of the Future for a related video.

Here are some snippets of note from the report.

Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption

Short TermDriving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next one to two years

  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces

Mid-TermDriving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next three to five years

  • Proliferation of Open Educational Resources
  • The Rise of New Forms of Interdisciplinary Studies

Long-TermDriving technology adoption in Higher Education for five or more years

  • Advancing Cultures of Innovation
  • Cross-Institution and Cross-Sector Collaboration

Significant Challenges Impeding Higher Education Technology Adoption

SolvableThose that we understand and know how to solve

  • Authentic Learning Experiences
  • Improving Digital Literacy

DifficultThose that we understand but for which solutions are elusive

  • Adapting Organizational Designs to the Future of Work
  • Advancing Digital Equity

WickedThose that are complex to even define, much less address

  • Economic and Political Pressures
  • Rethinking the Roles of Educators

Important Developments in Technology for Higher Education

Time to Adoption: One Year or Less

  • Analytics Technologies
  • Makerspaces

Time to Adoption: Two to Three years

  • Adaptive Learning Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence

Time to Adoption: Four to Five years

  • Mixed Reality
  • Robotics

For an additional perspective on makerspace see https://www.makerspaces.com/what-is-a-makerspace/ which lets us know that this is can be a “collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools… These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines.  A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace… These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.  Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3d printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics and even woodworking.”   

My local library in Mayfield Village has such a space. 

By Jeanette Evans