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Materials for working with the Horizon Report

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Challenges discussion

  • Pacing: keeping up with new technologies; support; getting buy-in. Resource issues
  • Faculty concern that engaged learning cannot happen digitally
  • Economic stresses - or opportunities (cost savings: shifting resources, or free stuff)
  • Student-faculty gap ("digital foreigners")
  • Managing student expectations (multiple areas), and ultimately failing them
  • Legal challenges IT must obey; students don't know this
  • Difficulty in transferring informal learning practices to formal, academic situations
  • Difference between academic and nonacademic work, and therefore expectations of campus
  • Shifting assumptions about fair use of copyrighted works -- "If it's for a class, it's fair game, right?"
  • EULAs unread

Cloud computing

  • Wikis: Google Docs, one others. Help desk: we get asked for platforms.
  • Google spreadsheets: lab management; data crunching; as data objects
  • " " : combined with Google Maps as mashup
  • Amazon: using Elastic Computing for CS; also backup for digital images
  • preservation cyberinfrastructure
  • problem: security and privacy in cloud? or are vendors better?
  • "fog" - local instance, colocated
  • pedagogy: vendors forcing class content into cloud
  • pedagogy: students already using YouTube for hosting



  • Mapping arboretums, cross-referencing, creating course content
  • Mobile angle: RFID, GPS units
  • Campus maps: multiple libraries; next, insides of buildings!
  • Pedagogies: mapping literature, history onto maps
  • Gallery use
  • Archaeology: dig up campus quad, capture images, then georeference them (SL version); mobile
  • Oceanography: mapping ocean floors, define use zones, sunken objects - interdisciplinary (URI)
  • Growth: needs visible examples; needs professional assistance
  • History course: map of Harlem Renaissance places http://tinyurl.com/cxdxj9


  • Battery life
  • Spectrum of classroom prohibitions: personal to total
  • Clickers on phones? example: Poll Everywhere
  • Backchannel: use second screen; depends on faculty member
  • Shift to low-cost devices (example: Flip camera): traditional uses, easier to
  • Challenge: uneven ownership patterns, new digital divide?
  • Challenge: eyesight
  • Emergency notification: texting for emergencies only
  • Out of class: general use; social use; commuter use
  • Challenge: administrators demanding mobile support (Blackberry)
  • Challenge: constraints on usage based on the social environment (e.g. hospitals)
  • Challenge: Some devices exclusive to particular cell providers (Bb Storm-Verizon only; Bb Bold-AT&T only; Iphone-AT&T only)

Personal Web, social Web

  • Wikis across curricula, emphasizing groupwork, collaboration
  • Wikis available after class
  • Wikis for helpdesk; some open to campus, others only for staff
  • Libraries on Facebook
  • Helpdesk staff scans Facebook for new students' technology concerns
  • Ning: biology class to link to other resources, people; Ning to connect current classes with alumni
  • Blogging in class: increasing on one campus; anthropologist has students blog cultural encounters; draws younger faculty
  • RSS feeds in class: Titanic feed; German newspapers fed into German class
  • Wikis for courses: students in a graduate-level applied math course co-create the "textbook" for the course by posting lecture notes, collaborating on problem set solutions
  • RSS for libraries: persistent search on yourself; real win for profs

Semantic apps

  • One grant project: build apps to let users move across disciplinary databases
  • One problem: experts producing unstructured data
  • automatic generation (cf Twisted Systems?)
  • Recipe Tsar
  • Archimedes Project at Harvard: http://archimedes.fas.harvard.edu/
  • Wheaton has been encoding archival documents using TEI in classes, and has been playing with tools like Many Eyes to try to visualize those encoded texts
  • Beta library search tools @ Harvard: http://discovery.lib.harvard.edu/ (AquaBrowser)

Virtual worlds and gaming

  • Harvard Cyberlaw
  • Office hours, student presentations
  • Music project, linking objects and sounds (UMass Boston)
  • Possibility: virtual student center for distance learning
  • Art display
  • Research into virtual worlds (UMass Amherst)


Back to campus

  • Standardize and customize - mainstream and early adopters?
  • Perhaps more self-support

Social media and the Horizon Report

Tagging: Horizon Report 2009 tag: hz09


NITLE and emerging technologies:

Agenda for an April 2009 NERCOMP SIG:

8:00am - 9:00am Registration & Coffee
9:00am - 9:30am How was the Horizon Report created? Methodology & History
9:30am - 10:00am Cloud Computing
10:00am – 10:30am Geo-everything
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 11:15am Mobile Devices
11:15am - 12:00pm "The Personal Web"
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm The Semantic Web, Smart Objects
1:45pm - 2:30pm Updates on Social Media, Gaming, and Virtual Worlds

2:30pm - 3:00pm Discussion, and Next Steps on Your Campus

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