2023 EDUCAUSE Horizon Action Plan: Generative AI

2023 Horizon Action Plan: Generative AI

In 2023, generative AI emerged as the most rapidly adopted technology in history. All members of the higher education community, from students to administrators, are trying to determine what impact generative AI tools can, will, and should have on life, learning, and work. To make matters more complex, there is no consensus about how or even whether generative AI should play a role in the future of higher education.

Building on the trends, technologies, and practices described in the 2023 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition, the report panel crafted its vision of the future along with practical actions that individuals, units and departments, and groups of collaborators can take to make this future a reality.


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Goals for Our Future State


Asked to describe the state of generative AI that they would like to see in higher education 10 years from now, panelists collaboratively constructed their preferred future.

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Individuals | Units and Departments | Multi-Unit Collaboration | Multi-Institution Collaboration

Panelists generated a list of actions that individuals, units and departments, and multi-unit or multi-institutional teams can take to arrive at this preferred future in 10 years.

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Planning for the Road Ahead

Three sets of Actions boxes: Milestones, Easy and Difficult. Each set has a box for Short Term, one for Mid Term and One for Long Term. An arrow through all the boxes points away from the final large box labelled: Describe your preferred future. Copyright 2023 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2300B | CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Envisioning the future we want to see is important and exciting work, but real progress can only be made when individuals like you create change. Use the recommended activities to solidify your vision of the future and make plans to take action.

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Expert Panel

The 2023 Horizon Action Plan panel comprised eight higher education teaching and learning experts.

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