Desktop Research: Significant Challenges

This area is a place to collect "Technologies to Watch" lists published by other organizations.
Though these lists and publications may serve a different audience and purpose than the Horizon Report does, they contain many useful descriptions and discussions that can and should inform our work.

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-- - Sam Sam Apr 14, 2011 (note - to keep the wiki clean, please put spaces on either side of your marks). This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • Building Learning Societies: Promoting Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning
    http://buildinglearningsocieties.org/
    This project aims to develop an awareness-raising campaign for the validation of learning outcomes of non-formal and informal learning as a tool to further improve adults’ career perspectives and stimulate their further education and training. - Sam Sam Sep 22, 2015 ole- ole ole Sep 23, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - brad.hinson brad.hinson Sep 24, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: I think this is part of the broad topic of new ways to measure learning. Are analytics and competency-based and badging all under the same umbrella issue? - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Sep 28, 2015 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015
  • Capturing and Valuing Non Formal and Informal Learning; Higher Education can Support Learning Gained in Life
    http://www.researchgate.net/publication/261010952_Capturing_and_Valuing_Non_Formal_and_Informal_Learning_Higher_Education_can_Support_Learning_Gained_in_Life
    This article describes the need to teach students to develop a habit of lifelong learning, so that they are self-aware in the skills and competencies they learn outside of a formal education environment. ole- ole ole Sep 23, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - brad.hinson brad.hinson Sep 24, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015- daniel.burgos daniel.burgos Sep 26, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: I think it would be great to have part of the Horizon Report say "hey, Europe is way ahead on this issue." #GoEU - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015. Essential - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015 Amen to that. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) Very relevant considering the changing dynamics of the student population towards more of a non-traditional base. - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • Career Pathways Explained: A Strategy to Help Workers and Employers Meet Today's Job Skill Demands
    http://www.pathwaylibrary.org/ViewBiblio.aspx?aid=22651
    This article describes how personalized career pathways and systems can integrate four functions: quality education and training, consistent and non-duplicative assessments of assets and needs, support services and career navigation assistance, and employment services and work experiences. - Sam Sam Sep 22, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Sep 26, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015 A major challenge, since it's hard to track what employers want, and what they do hire for changes every few years. - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 Do employers even know what they want? (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015)
  • The Catch in Arizona State’s Low-Cost Freshman Year Online: No Aid
    http://chronicle.com/article/The-Catch-in-Arizona-State-s/229617/
    Arizona State is seeking to create a lower-cost pathway to help more people complete college by leveraging digital courses. However there are plenty of obstacles including that students using the approach will not be eligible for federal financial aid. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Sep 26, 2015 A bigger issue than no financial aid may be the lack of support available to students. - kvogt kvogt Sep 29, 2015 UK university education used to be free. Perhaps one day it will be again. In the meantime, perhaps this kind of thing would help? (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015)
  • Creating an Ever-Flexible Center for Tech Innovation
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/education/creating-an-ever-flexible-center-for-tech-innovation.html?_r=1
    A collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology seeks to create an environment that allows for repurposing of materials, that supports variety and accessibility, and that promotes agility in technology experimentation. This symbiotic relationship between industry and academic for innovation can also be seen in other arenas such as the video game industry, where R&D cannot typically be part of the business model. Having access to research and innovation from higher education provides access to critical data and developments that can drive future directions in user experience, gameplay interfaces and interactive technologies, and processing methods for creating more immersive environments and engagements. This plays into the needs of hardware and software companies alike. This can afford mutually beneficial relationships that provide schools with grants and additional funding and assets for research and instruction, offer innovations and discoveries which are beneficial beyond the purely entertainment-based initiatives, and provide outcomes that ensure the continuation of gaming experiences to meet the growing consumer demand. - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • Competency-Based Education Network
    http://www.cbenetwork.org/
    The Competency-Based Education Network is a group of colleges and universities working to address challenges in designing, developing, and scaling competency-based degree programs. - bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015- daniel.burgos daniel.burgos Sep 26, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - kvogt kvogt Sep 29, 2015- kevin.ashford-rowe kevin.ashford-rowe - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015
  • Feuding Over Digital Courseware
    https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2015/07/14/essay-finding-common-ground-debate-over-digital-courseware
    The current research shows how teachers attitudes towards technology in the classroom varies from those “lecturing skeptics” who are doubtful of the benefits of using technology, to the more hopeful advocates for digital courseware and everything in between. Understanding both sides of the argument allows researchers to see where the problems in integrating technology into the classroom are and can use this for further instruction. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: I see the issue here as one of dogma. Do we need to force people to use ed tech? To innovate in teaching? Or can we accept that there's good traditional teaching? (I'm an off-the-shelf adopter, an enthusiastic DIY-er, AND a lecturing skeptic!) - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015
  • Higher Education Challenges Post-2015 – UNESCO
    http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140508162141672
    The quality of schooling in many countries has continued to suffer from limited learning resources, teacher shortages, teacher absenteeism, and distance and safety to travel to and from school. UNESCO has identified six educational imperatives for the post-2015 development agenda, including flexible lifelong and life-wide learning opportunities harnessing the potential of ICTs. ole- ole ole Sep 23, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015
  • How Universities can Get a Grip on Big Data and its Possibilities
    http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/big-data-and-learning-analytics
    This article recommends that universities develop a data-driven strategy before getting an expensive software information system, and consider who will have access to it and what policies will be derived from the data. - helga helga Sep 23, 2015
  • Legislators, College Leaders Warn of Challenges for NC Higher Education
    http://www.highereducationworks.org/2015/04/legislators-college-leaders-warn-of-challenges-for-nc-higher-education/
    In a panel discussion organized by Higher Education Works and the Harvard Club of the Research Triangle, North Carolina higher education leaders warned of major funding challenges facing public education, pointing out that the weakening of state support has led to greater reliance on tuition and fees. To combat this declining state support, they seek to make community colleges and public universities more efficient and accessible via flexible options and opening different pathways for students to earn credentials and/or to return to higher education at different points in their lives. - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015
  • Looking Beyond the Data to Help Students Succeed
    http://chronicle.com/article/Looking-Beyond-the-Data-to/229553/
    “Everyone, it seems, is swimming in data about their students, but they’re not sure what to do with it and are wary of using it in ways that reinforce stereotypes about students’ abilities.” - bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015- daniel.burgos daniel.burgos Sep 26, 2015 - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015 - kvogt kvogt Sep 29, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015 Student post-graduate success is falling short of the expectations and standards of the industries that are hiring them. According to the Council for Aid to Education’s (CAE) 2014 CLA+ outcomes indicates 40% of college seniors lack the needed complex reasoning skills for the market. Likewise, a 2015 study by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) reports 59% of employers strongly agreeing with a need for experience solving problems within diverse groups. Relevance in preparation is what comes up as a factor, be it through the dynamics in which students are engaging issues, or the skills they take away from their academic careers. - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • Making the Grade 2015: The Key Issues Facing the UK Higher Education Sector
    http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/uk/Documents/public-sector/deloitte-uk-making-the-grade-2015.pdf
    Deloitte identifies seven key issues facing universities in the UK including rising student expectations, a demand and need for new technologies, and making research sustainable. ole- ole ole Sep 23, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Sep 28, 2015
  • OERu
    http://wikieducator.org/OERu/Home
    The OERu works in partnership with accredited educational institutions in an effort to create flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit. - bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015- daniel.burgos daniel.burgos Sep 26, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015
  • Social Media: You're Probably Doing it Wrong
    https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/call-action-marketing-and-communications-higher-education/social-media-youre-probably-doing-it
    Survey respondents said they don’t engage with prospective schools because they’re afraid clicking “like” will potentially share too much personal information with that school. What does this mean for HiEd institutions and their social media marketing plans?
  • The Top 10 IT Issues in Higher Ed for 2015
    http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/The-Top-10-IT-Issues-in-Higher-Ed-for-2015.html
    Last year an EDUCAUSE IT panel made up of higher education leaders identified the top priorities for their institutions. These were the top ten IT issues they determined with the help of a community vote. ole- ole ole Sep 23, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015
  • Why Aren't There More Higher Ed Programs Behind Bars?
    http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/07/436342257/prison-university-project
    This piece brings up a critical policy issue regarding access. While the rate of imprisonment in the U.S. has more than quadrupled in the last 40 years, how will inmates grow as a people, be in a better position to function in society, and support themselves if they are cut off from learning resources and mentors? - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015
  • The Wal-Mart-ization of Higher Education: How Young Professors are Getting Screwed
    http://www.salon.com/2014/02/16/the_wal_mart_ization_of_higher_education_how_young_professors_are_getting_screwed/
    This article highlights that 75% of all college professors in the U.S. teach off the tenure track. Thus the academic two-tier system must change so that it includes rewards and recognition for non-tenure track educators instead of only the tenured. - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Sep 26, 2015A major trend. But are adjuncts more innovative than tenured faculty? - edward.oneill edward.oneill says: If what we do and how it's measured changes, then the way we value our labor will change too. Right now, the value is changing in the wrong way (morally). Will learning analytics 'fix' this by showing us who's providing more value? - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Sep 29, 2015 The rise of contingent workers in higher education has been well documented. Less clear is the impact on learning and adoption of new technology. I have colleagues on this path and it is not an easy one. Any negative feedback from students or drop n the budget and their job is on the line. If anything, this make them less willing to take a risk in the classroom.
  • What's Worth Learning in School?
    http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/ed/15/01/whats-worth-learning-school
    Knowledge is for going somewhere,” Perkins says, not just for accumulating. Revealing the connections between a student's life and the subject matter at hand is key. "For example, rather than just learning facts about the French Revolution, students should learn about the French Revolution as a way to understand issues like world conflict or poverty or the struggle between church and state." - bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015 ole- ole ole Sep 23, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • When MOOC Profs Move
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/03/18/if-mooc-instructor-moves-who-keeps-intellectual-property-rights
    Many universities are realizing they must create policies to clarify who has intellectual property rights to online courses. This article describes how a few major universities have tackled the issue. - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015
  • Why Is Measuring Learning So Difficult? A Video Conversation
    http://blog.edx.org/why-is-measuring-learning-so-difficult-a-video-conversation/
    This video describes the challenge of measuring learning due to its complexity. Learning analytics, data, MOOCs, and testing can play a role, but must be a part of larger more meaningful assessments that let students and mentors identify learning experiences. ole- ole ole Sep 23, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015 says When will we stop saying "measure" and start saying "show evidence of?" Evidence is broader. - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015 "Measuring" suggests something quantitative rather than qualitative. Who defines the terms? Programmers? Administrators? What if we asked the students "what did you learn?"? - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 27, 2015 agrees with Edward. However, students do show evidence...thus, when will we stop measuring (grades) the evidence? - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015
  • May I Have Your Attention, Please?
    https://medium.com/life-learning/may-i-have-your-attention-please-19ef6395b2c3
    The currency of modern life is attention. - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015 Growing up with a supercomputer in your pocket connected to most of the world's population and knowledge has created an irreversible pattern of behavior. And learning. - brad.hinson brad.hinson Sep 24, 2015 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Sep 26, 2015 Howard Rheingold has done some great work on this. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015 wonders: Living in an attention-grabbing economy and attention poverty, how will help students live in world of innovation, not consumption? - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015 Agrees with Bryan Alexander. See Rheingold's Net Smart book ch 1. Excellent! - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015