This report profiles key trends and emerging technologies and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning and envisions a number of scenarios and implications for that future. It is based on the perspectives and expertise of a global panel of leaders from across the higher education landscape.
The Future of Teaching and Learning
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the higher education landscape. Though it remains to be seen whether those transformations have taken root and will persist into the future, it isn't hard to imagine that higher education may never be the same in some important ways (good or bad).
Indeed, the potential lasting effects of the pandemic loomed large in our Horizon panelists’ discussions and nominations this year as they identified the trends, technologies, and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning. This report summarizes the results of those discussions and nominations and serves as one vantage point on where our post-pandemic future may be headed.
Trends: Scanning the Horizon
This section of the report describes the trends that are shaping the future of global higher education teaching and learning.
Key Technologies & Practices
This section of the report details six key technologies and practices that will have a significant impact on higher education teaching and learning. Included in this section are college and university exemplar projects demonstrating the impact of the technologies and practices.
This year's report envisions a numbers of scenarios for the future of teaching and learning for which we can start to prepare today.
Implications: What Do We Do Now?
This section features five Horizon panelists reflecting on the report's findings and their thoughts on the the ways in which issues overlap, diverge, and intersect in different parts of the world and at institutions of different sizes and types.
The 2021 Horizon panel comprised 72 higher education experts from around the globe.
Reports and Supporting Materials
* Report file updated May 27, 2021.
Issues, Technologies, and Trends Resources
Higher education leaders and decision makers use the annual Issues, Technologies, and Trends resources—the Top IT Issues, Trend Watch report, and the Horizon Reports—to know what's important and where to focus in their IT planning and management activities. When viewed together these resources provide more complete and nuanced guidance on institutional IT priorities.