Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 10.18.00 AMThe NMC and Saraiva are releasing the 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Brazilian Universities at the ABED International Conference of Distance Education in Brazil. This is the second regional report that focuses on higher education in Brazil, and it describes the findings of the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe important developments in technology likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. The report has been published in both Portuguese and English.

Ten key trends, ten significant challenges, and twelve developments in technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next five years, giving Brazilian university leaders, decision-makers, and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report will provide these leaders with in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology for higher education institutions in Brazil.

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“Brazilian campus leaders and educators will use this report to inform the strategies that will shape their organizations in the next five years,” said Dr. Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC and co-principal investigator for the report. “The technologies, trends, and challenges that were identified by the 2015 Brazil Expert Panel will impact higher education, and therefore, play a critical role in strengthening the Brazilian economy.”

“It is an honor for Saraiva to be involved in this project for the second year,” noted Otello Bertolozzi Neto, New Business Development Director of Saraiva and co-principal investigator for the project. “The trends selected by the panel, such as the advance of innovation cultures, the increased use of hybrid learning models, and the emergence of new forms of interdisciplinary studies, show progress across Brazil in increasing access to high-quality educational opportunities. For this reason Saraiva works as a promoter of social change and contributes to human development by focusing on education, culture, and entertainment.”

Key Trends Accelerating Educational Technology Adoption in Brazilian Universities
These ten trends are identified as very likely to drive technology planning and decision-making over the next five years, and they were ranked in order of importance by the expert panel, with the first trend listed considered to be the most impactful. The key trends are: “Advancing Cultures of Change and Innovation,” “Increasing Use of Hybrid Learning Designs,” “Rise of New Forms of Interdisciplinary Studies,” “Proliferation of Open Educational Resources,” “Redesigning Learning Spaces,” “Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches,” “Rethinking How Universities Work,” “Growing Focus on Measuring Learning,” “Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators,” and “Increasing Cross-Institution Collaboration.”

 Significant Challenges Impeding Educational Technology Adoption in Brazilian Universities
A number of challenges are acknowledged as barriers to the mainstream use of technology in Brazilian higher education. The expert panel ranked challenges in order of significance, with the first challenge listed deemed the most prominent. They are: “Personalizing Learning,” “Integrating Technology in Faculty Education,” “Expanding Access,” “Rethinking the Roles of Educators,” “Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities,” “Under-resourced Campus Infrastructure,” “Scaling Teaching Innovations,” “Managing Knowledge Obsolescence,” “Balancing Our Connected and Unconnected Lives,” and “Improving Digital Literacy.”

Important Developments in Educational Technology in Brazilian Universities
Additionally, the report identifies cloud computing, electronic publishing, online learning, and social networks as digital strategies and technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), flipped classroom, learning analytics, and mobile learning are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; augmented reality, semantic applications, speech-to-speech translation, and virtual and remote laboratories are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years.

The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engaged a Brazilian body of experts in higher education, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges. The Brazilian expert panel was also asked to identify emerging technologies that have a strong likelihood of adoption in universities in Brazil. The 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Brazilian Universities details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.

The 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Brazilian Universities is available online, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

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About The Author

Victoria Estrada has been contributing her writing, research, and editing skills to the NMC Horizon Project since 2012. Before that, she was learning from stellar English language instructors at La Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica, where she worked for a year with a Fulbright grant. Victoria has a Certificate in Non-profit Leadership and Management from Austin Community College, and a bachelor's degree in English Writing & Rhetoric from St. Edward's University. Some of her other interests include people, flora & fauna, sustainability, good coffee, good causes, and photos. She has recently relocated to her hometown -- San Antonio, Texas.