Desktop Research: Reports, Research, and Miscellaneous

The initial listing of news on how technology is used by consumers or in popular media culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading


  • Are We Ready for Innovation? A Bold New Model for Higher Education
    http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/are_we_innovation-ready.pdf
    San Jose State has proposed a framework that universities can use to transform their undergraduate education offerings in ways that adapt to the modern educational landscape. - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015 The infusion of 21st-century skill development throughout higher education, filed specific and broad array of skills needed, faculty need to embrace interdisciplinarity, collaboration technologies, and student centred, heutagogic practise - DaveP DaveP Sep 28, 2015 - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • Best of Both Worlds
    http://news.cbi.org.uk/reports/best-of-both-worlds/best-of-both-worlds-pdf/
    This report focuses on the need for deeper collaboration between business and the higher ed sector to deliver more routes to higher skills. It provides a guide to help businesses interested in establishing or further developing collaborative relationships with universities. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015- astoute astoute Sep 29, 2015 - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • Blended Synchronous Learning
    https://blendsync.org/handbook
    Macquarie University's Blended Synchronous Learning project sponsored by the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching created a Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook from an analysis of seven case studies. - bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • Code of Practice for Learning Analytics
    http://repository.jisc.ac.uk/5661/1/Learning_Analytics_A-_Literature_Review.pdf
    The complex ethical and legal issues surrounding student data are creating barriers to the development and adoption of learning analytics. In response, this review draws from 86 publications to express the questions raised on the subject, and extract the ethical principles that can be used to advise a code of practice. - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015
  • CUJO Is More Than A Web Security Avatar—It's Part Of The Next Wave Of Emotive Tech
    http://www.fastcodesign.com/3051124/cujo-is-more-than-a-web-security-avatar-its-part-of-the-next-wave-of-emotive-tech
    This device tracks how much data, the type of data, and where it's going to alert the user if it detects an anomaly. For example, if all of a sudden your thermostat starts sending image files to an IP address around the world. CUJO stops that data transfer and lets you know, but it doesn't interrupt the device's service. - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015
  • Education for All Global Monitoring Report
    http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.57Ph9DZg.dpbs
    The Condition of Education 2015 presents 42 key indicators on important topics and trends in U.S. education. These indicators focus on population characteristics, such as educational attainment and economic outcomes, participation in education at all levels, as well as aspects of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education, including international comparisons. - bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015
  • ELI Learning Space Rating System
    http://www.educause.edu/eli/initiatives/learning-space-rating-system
    EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's Learning Space Rating System project provides institutions with measurable criteria to assess how well their learning spaces encourage active learning. - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Sep 28, 2015 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Sep 29, 2015
  • Formalizing Informal Learning: Assessment and Accreditation Challenges Within Disaggregated Systems
    https://oerknowledgecloud.org/sites/oerknowledgecloud.org/files/114-540-2-PB.pdf
    This report presents some key economic and governance challenges for universities to consider when implementing assessment and accreditation policies in efforts to validate post secondary informal learning experiences. - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015
  • Half of Top 10 Fastest-Growing Degrees are in STEM
    http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/stem-degrees-increasing-852/
    This data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows which college degrees are growing and which are on the decline. A CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. analysis found more than half of the fastest-growing programs were in STEM fields, with the only programs showing actual declines primarily coming from the humanities and other fields related to teaching. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015
  • Lecturer Calls for Clarity in Use of Learning Analytics
    https://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/lecturer-calls-for-clarity-in-use-of-learning-analytics/2016776.article
    The Open University has produced a publicly available written policy on the ethical use of student data for learning analytics and hopes the new policy will begin a debate in higher education about what level of consent is required from students before universities can use their data. - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015
  • Looking to Future, Educators and Policymakers See Universities as Agents for Change
    http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S39/72/24O75/
    Leaders and policy-makers from across the globe met this past year in Paris at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum to discuss how universities can anticipate, influence, and drive change. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: Anyone who sees higher ed as a change agent has not asked a faculty to use a whiteboard instead of a chalkboard, try clickers in a lecture, or move from a web site consisting of static html pages to a CMS...."Innovation" is terribly uneven, 'patchy.' How does one capture this reality? - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015 appreciates: ...universities should leave "the undergraduate experience should leave students with a sense of 'life-long regret'"
  • http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2015/04/snake people-are-shaping-mobile-workspace-future-infographic
    An infographic from Citrix Systems gathers mobile device statistics from 2013–2014, showing that 94 percent of higher education leaders believe students should be able to remotely access the information, data and software they need, on any device, at any time. - brad.hinson brad.hinson Sep 24, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015- deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Sep 28, 2015
  • More Collaboration Needed to Fix Higher Education, Experts Say
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-college-reports-20140123-story.html
    A recent report by the nonprofit California Competes proposes the creation of an autonomous citizens’ Higher Education Investment Board that would collect data and help inform policy decisions by the governor, legislature and leaders of public and private institutions. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says California is a weird place to hear this from. It's one of the places (among many) where the state is systematically starving public higher education in an attempt to see education not as a general public good but as a private benefit for which one must pay handsomely. "Collaboration" in this context sounds more like a by-word: an attempt to see a public service and private enterprise as somehow on a par. Is there a place in the Horizon Report to parse this public/private tension?
  • Opening the Curriculum: Open Education Resources in US Higher Education, 2014
    http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/oer.html
    Funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, this study conducted found that the majority of faculty in higher education are not very aware of open educational resources, though they appreciate the concepts.- helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015
  • Report to the European Commission on New Modes of Learning and Teaching in higher Education
    http://ec.europa.eu/education/library/reports/modernisation-universities_en.pdf
    The European Commission's High-Level Group on the modernization of higher education has created guidelines for governments and institutions to develop comprehensive strategies at both the national and institutional level for the adoption of new modes of learning and teaching. - helga helga Sep 23, 2015- daniel.burgos daniel.burgos Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015
  • Shaping the Class: How College Enrollment Leaders View the State of Admissions and Their Profession
    http://www.maguireassoc.com/wp-content/uploads/Chronicle-Shaping-the-Class.pdf
    An extensive survey of chief enrollment executives and senior admissions officers, conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education in July 2014, found high levels of job satisfaction but also great concern about the sustainability of the high-cost, high-discount model for higher education and the ability of their institutions to define their value in a changing marketplace.
  • Trends and Policy Issues for the e-Learning Implementation in Libyan Universities
    http://www.ijtef.org/papers/349-N10012.pdf
    This paper describes trends and policy issues for e-learning implementation in Libyan universities and provides recommendations for how higher education institutions can influence governmental policies.
  • US PIRG Report Finds Students Would Perform Better with Open Textbooks
    http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/41906
    A report released by the US PIRG Education Fund revealed that in the over 2,000 college students surveyed, 65% refuse to buy a college textbook if its too expensive, and 94% said they suffered academically because of this choice. - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 26, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: I worked with a professor recently who didn't like any of the intro textbooks in his area and wanted to use something open source. I sent him a half dozen candidates. He found them lacking. Perhaps the students should decide? After all, it's the students who have to read the darn things! - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015
  • White House Unveils College Scorecard That Replaces Its Scuttled Ratings Plan
    http://chronicle.com/article/White-House-Unveils-College/233073/
    The White House believes its new Scorecard, specifically designed for use on mobile devices, will be of better help to students in finding the right college than many of the existing commercial guides. It shows the median salary of students 10 years after they first enrolled in the college (and compares it to the national average of $34,343), but does not make a distinction based on what students studied - only one number per college. - bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: I searched for arts programs, and the salaries were hilarious. Still, the approach is interesting. Another piece of the question: "How do we say what college is worth?" - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015
  • Innovating Pedagogy 2014: Open University Innovation Report 3 http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/innovating/ This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. This third report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education. - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Sep 28, 2015 - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015