The 2015 Horizon Project Higher Education Expert Panel has just concluded their voting and the final results are in! We now have the official list of six key trends, six significant challenges, and six technologies that will appear in the upcoming NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition, as showcased in the official Preview PDF.  This project is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). The report will be officially released in February 2015 at the ELI Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California.

Submit Your Projects

We are interested in learning about any kind of research, pilot programs, or innovative projects happening at your institution in any of the 18 areas listed below. Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these trends, challenges, and technologies and their applications on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education across the globe. Of particular interest for the trends and challenges are examples of policy, leadership, and practice.

I.  Key Trends Accelerating Higher Ed Tech Adoption

Fast Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in Higher Ed for the next one to two years
• Evolution of Online Learning
• Rethinking Learning Spaces

Mid-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in Higher Ed for the next three to five years
• Increasing Focus on Open Educational Resources
• Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment

Long-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in Higher Ed for five or more years
• Agile Approaches to Change
• Growing Importance of Open Communities and University Consortia

II.  Significant Challenges Impeding Higher Ed Tech Adoption

Solvable Challenges: Those which we both understand and know how to solve  
• Adequately Defining and Supporting Digital Literacy
• Blending Formal and Informal Learning

Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive
• Complex Thinking and Communication
• Integrating Personalized Learning

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address
• Competition from New Models of Education
• Relative Lack of Rewards for Teaching

III.  Important Developments in Educational Technology in Higher Ed

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
• Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
• Flipped Classroom

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
• Makerspaces
• Wearable Technology

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
• Adaptive Learning Technologies
• The Internet of Things

For more information, including an overview of each topic, visit the Horizon Project wiki, where all of the preliminary work was done by the expert panel. The official Preview PDF also contains an overview that defines each topic.

We know a number of innovative universities, colleges, and faculty are already working in many of these areas, and those are the very efforts we want to highlight. Of special interest are any activities that have a significant web presence so that a URL might be included in the report.

How to Participate


If you know of examples we could include, please use the brief web form at go.nmc.org/projects to tell us about them. We ask for a title, a URL, and a one- or two-sentence description; you also will need to select which of the 18 topics your example falls under. The process takes about two minutes.

We hope to have your examples by Monday, December 22, 2014, but no matter what, we’d love to hear about what you are doing! All we really need is a sentence of description and a URL — we’ll do the rest.

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