Research Question 2: What key technologies are missing from our list?

What's Missing?


Instructions: Please use these prompts to help you consider what might need to be added to the current list of Horizon Topics. Add your thoughts as bullet points below, using a new bullet point for each new technology or topic. Please add your comments to previous entries if you agree or disagree.
a. What would you list among the established technologies that some educational institutions are using today that arguably ALL institutions should using broadly to support or enhance teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?
b. What technologies that have a solid user base in consumer, entertainment, or other industries should educational institutions be actively looking for ways to apply?
c. What are the key emerging technologies you see developing to the point that learning-focused institutions should begin to take notice during the next 4 to 5 years?//

Each new topic entry must include a title, a description similar to the ones that are written now, and, if needed, a rationale as to why it is different from any of the existing topics. The Horizon Project research team will investigate each nomination entered here to see if it meets the criteria set for new topics (eg., that the topic represents a "real" technology, as opposed to a concept, a new idea, or a proposal; that it is sufficiently developed that research, projects, and information about it exist; and that it has a demonstrable link, or strong potential link, to education).

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  • P2P on-line assessment and grading / Technology-Enhanced Assessment and Feedback - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 25, 2013) provides a double benefit to education. On one hand, this is the only scalable way to provide feedback to non-quiz activities in massive learning communities. On the other hand, the fact of grading the peers' work may help you understand and internalize what you have to learn, thus it enriches the graders own learning. - Sergio Sergio Aug 1, 2013 it is really key to modern education (formal education, life-long learning and vocational training) for support learning in classroom, blended settings and but also online learning; also feedback is very important- Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 25, 2013 I'd agree that a general update on what assessment looks like is shifting and could be important in this report. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013 - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013agree on the value of peer to peer assessment, also a need to improve tools and techniques for assessment of non text media, video audio material in a STEM context
  • Practice-oriented Massive Online and Open Courses (pMOOC) MOOCs are currently being developed in all kind of disciplines, from Sociology, to Mathematics or Engineering. As a support to the practice-oriented learning experience, the computer science MOOCs usually provide programming environments where students can practice what they learnt in the theory. However, although the use of remote laboratories is becoming more usual everyday in traditional online engineering education, engineering MOOCs are lacking of providing tools to experiment with real equipment. The benefits of electronics laboratory practices are widely known for professionals and necessary for any person who seeks for a broad comprehension of the real-time performance beyond the ideal modelling. Therefore, when designing any electronics course, the laboratory practices are one of the pillars on which the learning is established. Current MOOCs do not include remote laboratories mainly because of its massive component. As remote laboratories are physical objects cannot be scaled easily to provide service to thousand of students, from around the world and with different time zones, in a course. Thus, a significant challenge exists in developing courses where experimentation plays an important role. One of the major challenges is the provision of laboratory work online along with the theoretical contents. MIT has launched a pMOOC where an iLab-based remote lab is being used (http://catalyst-academy.org/course/remote-labs/). UNED has launched a VISIR-based pMOOC where 16 students can access an electronics remote lab simultaneously (https://unedcoma.es/course/bases-de-circuitos-y-electronica-practica/).- Sergio Sergio Aug 1, 2013- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013 - sros sros Sep 2, 2013 I'd agree - here's a recent article to support this point http://thejournal.com/Articles/2013/09/02/Get-Ready-MOOCs-Are-Coming-to-K-12.aspx?Page=1 - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013 - mohamed.jemni mohamed.jemni Sep 2, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013
  • Immersive Learning Environments /Simulations (added by - Larry Larry Sep 3, 2013) a more general term rather than virtual worlds and would fit better for stem learning and training; it is also suggested to add virtual reality / mixed reality (includes Google Glass - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 25, 2013 -- I would argue that this term refers to simulations in which the student is "immersed" in an experience. Virtual Worlds could be part of this, but I think simulations are the more interesting dimension. I can't see Google Glass in here at all. - Larry Larry Sep 3, 2013 [Ed -- while these very different topics could be combined, our approach is keep things as distinct as possible. There is enough difference between Google Glass (an Augmented Reality device in some ways, a new kind of interface in others) and both simulations and virtual worlds that it is best to keep them separate, and simply add this new topic to the master list.]
  • Design Thinking. The next generation will need to be more and more comfortable with problems of dizzying complexity. And design thinking can teach them that. http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663416/teaching-kids-design-thinking-so-they-can-solve-the-worlds-biggest-problems
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanshapiro/2013/07/24/beyond-design-thinking-in-education-and-research/ New emerging term: ‘catalyser thinking’. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Aug 31, 2013 - kstubbs kstubbs Sep 3, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013 ALL of the above delivered on line in a design led engineering programme would be on my wishlist
  • Google Glass. Is Google Glass in a domain of its own...similar to the iPad? Would this be a topic? [[user:michael.lambert|13781179* Open Data. Check the explanation at http://blogs.plos.org/scied/2013/07/08/open-data-for-science-education/ - marina.vicario marina.vicario Sep 3, 2013


Combined with Existing RQ1 Topics

  • Cloud based services and resources. Move from the term "cloud computing" to "cloud services and resources." This will impact directly into the educational field: The cloud-based services are constantly evolving, many of the so called cloud services, traditionally known as Web 2.0 services because of their innovative features, have added an important element into the cloud landscape, which is interoperability features, opening their API’s to allow consumers to use their services in creative and innovative ways. This opens the possibility to create orchestrated services that provides learning experiences that were not possible before. This also changes the paradigm from a monolithic architectural approach of education environments to a flexible, distributed and heterogeneous architectural setting for education environments, which is the aim of cloud education (learning and teaching) environments. This also maximizes innovation possibilities, allowing interoperability of the best and most appropriate cloud services based on learning needs, freeing up from a vendor specific approaches and limits, transforming the cloud education environment into a digital educational ecosystem of services and resources available for the practitioners, in contrast to a large amount of software services that are difficult to manage and organize for a learning setting. More in the cloud computing page. - roc roc Sep 2, 2013 [Editor -- Good suggestion! We'll make this change.]

Moved to RQ3 - Trends

  • The role of computational tools in science and engineering learning is increasing. The intersection of computation and science - I'm not sure what the formal name for this should be. This isn't just programming for computer scientists, but also biologists, physicists and medical researchers as well.- klopfer klopfer Aug 21, 2013 I think Klopfer refers to what is called Biomedical Informatics & Computational Biology - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Aug 23, 2013 [Ed. - Moved to RQ3-Trends]
  • From rapid prototyping with 3D printers, to building simple circuits and robots - “making” is now more affordable and accessible than ever. One of the most disruptive trends right now is the “maker movement” - a movement that believes learning happens through the act of creating. From rapid prototyping with 3D printers, to building simple circuits and robots - “making” is now more affordable and accessible than ever. Bringing “Making” into education addresses STEM and CREATIVITY skills that many educators and policy makers consider most important to be productive in the 21st century. Here's a link to Maker Media http://makermedia.com/ and an upcoming Makers Faire in NYC. Here's a video that captures the concept of a Makers Faire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD_JpGgUFQQ - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013 [Ed: Moved to Trends, RQ3]
  • There is a significant shift in assessment, partially driven by CCSS, partially by mobile devices and increased personalization of learning, partially influenced by digital content and educational games... I think that we're experiencing a shift in how we think about assessing student learning and how we are going about doing it. Because technology is a key driver in these changes, I think it should be part of the conversation. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 30, 2013 [Ed: Moved to Trends, RQ3]


Moved to RQ4 - Challenges