2024 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report | Teaching and Learning Edition

2024 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report | Teaching and Learning Edition, person on top of a tree looking through a spyglass

This report profiles the trends and key technologies and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning, and envisions a number of scenarios for that future. It is based on the perspectives and expertise of a global panel of leaders from across the higher education landscape.

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The Future of Teaching and Learning

In the denouement of the COVID-19 pandemic, talk of a return to “normalcy” in higher education belies the great challenges and ongoing disruptions that yet lie ahead for many institutions. Public perceptions of the value of postsecondary education continue their downward slide, placing institutions in the position of having to demonstrate their worth and find solutions to declining enrollments. Data and analytics capabilities continue to evolve, introducing new opportunities and new risks to the institution. Chief among these capabilities, generative AI promises to change teaching and learning in ways many of us have yet to fully understand or prepare for.

For this year’s teaching and learning Horizon Report, expert panelists’ discussions highlighted and wrestled with these present and looming challenges for higher education. This report summarizes the results of those discussions and serves as one vantage point on where our future may be headed.

Read more about the Horizon Report on page 4 >


Check out our video summaries of each chapter of the Horizon Report.

Social; Technological; Economic; Environmental; Political

This section of the report describes the trends that are going to shape the future of teaching and learning.

Read more about these trends on page 6 >

Key Technologies & Practices

Artificial Intelligence; Accessible and Inclusive Tools and Processes; Supporting Student Connection and Belonging with Technology; Expanded Mental Health Support for Students; Unified Data Models for Learning Analytics; Building Data Literacy for Understanding and Using Student Data

This section of the report details six key technologies and practices that will have a significant impact on teaching and learning. Included in this section are college and university exemplar projects demonstrating the impact of the technologies and practices.

Learn more about the key technologies and practices on page 21 >


Growth | Constraint | Collapse | Transformation

This report envisions a number of scenarios for the future of teaching and learning for which we can start to prepare today.

Read the possible future scenarios on page 34 >

Expert Panel

The 2024 Horizon panel comprised 58 higher education experts from around the globe.

See the Expert Panel on page 42 >


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Issues, Technologies, and Trends Resources

Higher education leaders and decision makers use the annual Issues, Technologies, and Trends resources—the EDUCAUSE Top 10, 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.

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