Author: Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
’Tis the season for the academy awards, so I will use them as metaphor. It is a growing realization in the teaching and learning community that technology wins the award for best supporting actor, perhaps, but the leading actors remain faculty, students, and what they do.
In a recent blog post, Peter Smith put it this way: the question is not what can technology does, but rather what technology allows us to do. While that phrasing is subtle, the point is substantial.
Over the years, it’s been a privilege for EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) to work with the New Media Consortium on the Horizon Report for higher education. Each year, the report identifies six key developments in educational technology. We will officially release the 2016 edition of the report at the ELI Annual Meeting on February 4 in San Antonio.
The six technologies identified in this year’s report are:
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
- Learning Analytics & Adaptive Learning
- Augmented Reality
- Affective Computing
As we are committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology, the ELI is keenly interested in what these technologies enable our faculty and students to do.
To that end, we’re hosting a video contest in order to collect illustrations of the technologies in action, as a means of answering a big question: “What can these technologies enable us to do?”
We invite anyone in the higher education teaching and learning community to submit a short video (2 minutes max) describing innovative work that involves one of the six technologies. You can find more information on the 2016 NMC Horizon Report video contest page. There, you can also view submissions and the winners of last year’s contest.
First prize in the competition is a complimentary registration for the ELI 2017 Annual Meeting (a $500 value). We will also award $50 gift cards to the top three submissions, as decided by a panel of teaching and learning community members. Note that the deadline to enter is January 21, 2016 at 5pm ET.
The enduring value of this is a set of mini-case studies that will help all of us to see what the possibilities are for our students and faculty. I invite you to submit an entry today!