The expert panel has completed voting for the Horizon Project Australia, and the topics for the 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education have been selected. We’re now looking for any projects, programs, policies, or leadership initiatives that fit any of the below chosen areas, to be submitted here.

I. Top 10 Trends Accelerating Ed Tech Adoption for Australian Tertiary Education

1. Increasing Use of Hybrid/Blended Learning Designs
2. Redesigning Learning Spaces
3. Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
4. Rethinking How Institutions Work
5. Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators
6. Employment as the Definition of Successful Education
7. Proliferation of Open Educational Resources
8. Advancing Cultures of Change and Innovation
9. Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches
10. Increasing Cross-Institution Collaboration

II. Top 10 Challenges Impeding Ed Tech Adoption for Australian Tertiary Education

1. Personalising Learning
2. Rethinking the Roles of Educators
3. Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities
4. Transitioning to New Business Models for Higher Education
5. Improving Digital Literacy
6. Scaling Teaching Innovations
7. Integrating Technology in Faculty Education
8. Keeping Formal Education Relevant
9. Competing Models of Education
10. Teaching Complex Thinking

III. Important Developments in Ed Tech for Australian Tertiary Education

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
* Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
* Cloud Computing
* Flipped Classroom
* Learning Analytics

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
* Badges/Microcredit
* Mobile Learning
* Open Licensing
* Wearable Technology

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
* Adaptive Learning Technologies
* Augmented Reality
* Quantified Self
* Telepresence

We’d love to hear from you personally, but feel free to also poll your own networks — we’re trying to cast a wide net as we look for great examples of people using or experimenting with these technologies in practice.

We are interested in learning about any kind of research, pilot programs, innovative projects, or faculty work happening at your institution in any of the areas listed above. Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these areas and their applications on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry, as well as policy and leadership. Of course, a number of innovative faculty and campuses are already working in some 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 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 topics your example falls under. The process takes about two minutes.

We hope to have your examples by Monday, April 13, 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.

About The Author

Samantha Adams Becker, Senior Director of Communications for the NMC, is the Director of the NMC Horizon Project and lead writer and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzes emerging technology uptake in various education sectors across the globe. She has an expertise in digital communications, with a special interest in e-publishing, social media, and online learning. In 2013, she taught the first online course ever to exclusively take place in Facebook, which was geared towards training education professionals to integrate social media into their teaching practices. Previous to the NMC, Samantha facilitated the digitization of books and periodicals for several of the world’s largest publishers and was the managing editor of a lifestyle magazine.

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