2018 NMC Horizon Report
Reports and Supporting Materials
For more than a decade, EDUCAUSE has partnered with the New Media Consortium (NMC) to publish the annual Horizon Report - Higher Education Edition. Earlier this year, EDUCAUSE acquired the rights to the NMC Horizon project, which identifies and describes the higher education trends, challenges, and developments in educational technology likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. EDUCAUSE is publishing this 15th edition to both honor and work actively with the NMC’s Horizon legacy.
Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption
Short Term—Driving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next one to two years
- Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
- Redesigning Learning Spaces
Mid-Term—Driving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next three to five years
- Proliferation of Open Educational Resources
- The Rise of New Forms of Interdisciplinary Studies
Long-Term—Driving technology adoption in Higher Education for five or more years
- Advancing Cultures of Innovation
- Cross-Institution and Cross-Sector Collaboration
Significant Challenges Impeding Higher Education Technology Adoption
Solvable—Those that we understand and know how to solve
- Authentic Learning Experiences
- Improving Digital Literacy
Difficult—Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive
- Adapting Organizational Designs to the Future of Work
- Advancing Digital Equity
Wicked—Those that are complex to even define, much less address
- Economic and Political Pressures
- Rethinking the Roles of Educators
Important Developments in Technology for Higher Education
Time to Adoption: One Year or Less
- Analytics Technologies
Time to Adoption: Two to Three years
- Adaptive Learning Technologies
- Artificial Intelligence
Time to Adoption: Four to Five years
- Mixed Reality
2018 Exemplar Projects
In the inclusive tradition of NMC, EDUCAUSE solicited projects from the international higher education community that exemplify the development horizons in this year’s report. 109 project submissions were received and of these, 18 institutional projects were selected for inclusion in the Horizon Report. We’ll take a deeper dive into the projects in a series of EDUCAUSE Review blogs that will be published biweekly through September 2018. The first blog follows below.
The process used to research and create the 2018 NMC Horizon Report brought to you by EDUCAUSE is rooted in the methods used across all the research conducted within the NMC Horizon Project. All editions of the NMC Horizon Report are informed by both primary and secondary research. Dozens of meaningful trends, challenges, and important developments in technology are examined for possible inclusion in the report for each edition before the expert panel selects the 18 topics profiled in the report. Learn more.
- Good Things Are on the Horizon—EDUCAUSE President John O'Brien reflects on the association's plans to embrace the spirit of the NMC community and bring that energy to the broader EDUCAUSE community.
- Future of a Futures Focus—EDUCAUSE Vice President Susan Grajek outlines the association's plan for the NMC Community and the Horizon Report
- Previous Editions of the Horizon Report
- Homepage: From the President, "NMC Update"
- Chasing the Horizon
Stay Connected with the Horizon Community
Keep in touch with your colleagues and peers—and meet new ones—by attending these EDUCAUSE events:
- EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 30-November 2, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Connect with NMC community members in a special Horizon Report Meet and Mingle session on Thursday, November 1.
- ELI Annual Meeting, February 19-21, 2019, in Anaheim, California. This annual event brings together an intellectually diverse community of teaching and learning professionals who share a passion for higher education and student success.
If you would like to know more about our plan for the NMC community and the Horizon Report, contact Noreen Barajas-Murphy, EDUCAUSE Interim Director of Academic Community Programs.