The expert panel has completed voting for the Horizon Project Australia, and the topics for the 2016 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education have been selected — below. The report is a collaboration between the NMC and Open Universities Australia, set to be released in May 2016. We’re now looking for any projects, programs, policies, or leadership initiatives that fit any of the below chosen areas, to be submitted here. View definitions and discussions of all of the final topics on the 2016 Horizon Project Australia wiki.

Key Trends Accelerating Educational Technology Adoption

Long-Term Impact Trends: Driving technology adoption in Australian tertiary education for five or more years

  • Increasing Value of the User Experience
  • Rethinking How Institutions Work
  • Rise of More Authentic Assessment

Mid-Term Impact Trends: Driving technology adoption in Australian tertiary education over the next three to five years

  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces
  • Shift to Deep Learning Approaches

Short-Term Impact Trends: Driving technology adoption in Australian tertiary education over the next one to two years

  • Growing Interest in Competency Based Education
  • Increasing Use of Blended Learning Designs
  • Increasing Use of Collaborative Learning Approaches


Significant Challenges Impeding Educational Technology Adoption

Solvable Challenges: Those which we both understand and know how to solve

  • Blending Formal and Informal Learning
  • Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities
  • Improving Digital Literacy

Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive

  • Competing Models of Education
  • Rethinking the Roles of Educators
  • Under-resourced Campus Infrastructure

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address

  • Balancing Our Connected and Unconnected Lives
  • Keeping Formal Education Relevant
  • Scaling Instructional Innovations


Important Developments in Educational Technology

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Learning Analytics
  • Online Learning 

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years

  • Adaptive Learning Technologies
  • Location Intelligence
  • Makerspaces
  • Wearable Technology

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

  • Affective Computing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Machine Learning
  • Networked Objects

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 18, 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.