Desktop Research: Significant Challenges

This area is a place to collect "Technologies to Watch" lists published by other organizations.
Though these lists and publications may serve a different audience and purpose than the Horizon Report does, they contain many useful descriptions and discussions that can and should inform our work.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Sam Sam Apr 14, 2011 (note - to keep the wiki clean, please put spaces on either side of your marks). This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • 5 Steps to Successful Competency-based Programs
    The U.S. Department of Education has only approved a handful of schools’ direct assessment programs for federal financial aid, but hundreds of schools are developing their programs. This article describes some of the challenges. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Jul 30, 2016 Definitely an active trend - helga helga Aug 1, 2016 would be great if more schools would work together, to avoid every single institution "reinventing the wheel" - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 8, 2016
  • Academics Can Change the World – If They Stop Talking Only to Their Peers
    The author argues that incentives should be added to encourage academics to share their research with the general public. Quality academic research and innovation are crucial, and it is equally important to get ideas out into the world beyond academia. | Big fan of this. LSE blogs, the Oxford Politics blog and indeed The Conversation itself are great examples of organised ways of doing this. Personal academic blogging is part of the picture here too - Reclaim Hosting is an interesting trend here - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016
  • Crucial Higher Ed Issues: The Elevator Speech
    The author believes the top six challenges facing HiEd are: raising graduation rates; setting high standards for HiEd institutions; improving training of academic admin leadership; fostering responsible board governance; Meeting the expectations of Title IX, the Clery Act, VAWA, ADA, FERPA, etc; and financing renovation. Technology can play a role in these issues. - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 8, 2016 Very US centric - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016The rather cavalier attitude towards student debt is problematic - while the points made by the author are valid, the immediacy of this challenge means that it cannot be deferred to a distant future where the other six challenges have been solved.- rubenrp rubenrp Oct 1, 2016
  • The Jisc Higher Education Leadership Barometer 2016: Snapshot of Findings
    Creating and sustaining a viable financial and funding model was rated as the most significant challenge for HiEd organizations. Respondents also believe HiEd institutions need to make themselves more attractive by: giving students an anytime anywhere learning experience; enabling academic staff to deliver the best possible learning experience; and providing access to the data needed to deliver a more agile and rewarding experience.
  • Making the Grade – Challenges to Higher Education in 2016
    The 7 challenges reported by Deloitte for higher education in 2015 and beyond include: rising student expectations; increasing costs & shifting funding; a demand for new tech; and making research sustainable. | Highlights the need for c21st administration processes and supporting systems - very much a stagnant market at the moment and would be good to see some serious attention paid to this. - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016
  • Opinion: Why Colleges Should Take the Lead in Learning Analytics Development
    The author argues for a more democratic approach to learning analytics. “Learning analytics cannot be left to the researchers, IT leadership, the faculty, the provost, or any other single sector alone. Institutions need to figure out how to make this a collegial effort that acknowledges that relevant expertise comes in many forms and is found in many places." - helga helga Aug 1, 2016... and involve students - deone.zell deone.zell Aug 6, 2016 agree that silo-ed data needs to be bridged to enable multiple regressions at grand scale | Still a role for researchers here as well - analytics underpinning decisions need to be statistically sound and "safe" to be valuable. But agree this needs to be done in partnership with real students and staff. - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016
  • Should Colleges Really Eliminate the College Lecture?
    This article cites a meta analysis showing that lecturing increased failure rates by 55 percent, while active learning—meaning teaching methods that are more interactive than traditional lectures—resulted in better grades and a 36 percent drop in class failure rates. It also brings in the perspective of how speeches and well-done lectures are performances that can excite and inspire, taking students on an intellectual journey.- deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Jul 30, 2016 - helga helga Aug 1, 2016 good lecturing is an art, but one that should be held on to, in combination with other, more interactive formats. - paul.turner paul.turner Aug 4, 2016 Important to realize that improving educational practice should be an AND AND, not EITHER OR. Technology is not the solution to every problem. This article focuses on a different reason why lecturing should be preserved, not eliminated or replaced entirely by technology. - deone.zell deone.zell Aug 5, 2016 - niki.whiteside niki.whiteside Oct 5, 2016 Eliminate is a strong word; we'll always need the lecture to convey deeply complex, spellbinding material that can't be chopped up. But they may certainly diminish. |- mreese mreese Aug 7, 2016 | Here's the underlying meta-analysis . I have methodological concerns. Active learning, for the purposes of the literature review, was defined as "a wide array of active learning activities, including vaguely defined “cooperative group activities in class,” in-class worksheets, clickers, problem-based learning (PBL), and studio classrooms, with intensities ranging from 10% to 100% of class time". So it is likely that these are groups of poorly controlled intervention against non-intervention studies, with consequent likely publication bias effects that do not appear to have been accounted for. - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016 while I am a strong proponent of active and student centered learning, I think there is a place and purpose for teacher centered teaching in passing information. I would think the first stage of learning is accessing information and lecturing is one means, which is efficient. However it may need to be tied to team based learning sort of methodologies to be effective. So my suggestion is to explore suitablpity of a blended approach to the educational context .....rather than taking a dualistic approach. - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 23, 2016 - niki.whiteside niki.whiteside Oct 5, 2016
  • Three Predictions about the Future of Higher Education
    This article pulls from ratings reports from Moody’s Investor Service, which examined the finances of more than 500 colleges and universities, to make some predictions about challenges for higher education including that: law schools are in deep trouble, the strongest universities depend on more than just students for revenue, and while states are getting out of the business of higher education, most public institutions still depend on taxpayer dollars. | With increasing numbers of universities in the UK offering significant bonds, this feels timely. - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016 Finance would be an important point to consider- especially given the decreasing number of college aged students geographically. The increasing cost of education and loan implications, coupled with factors such as online education place a question mark on the future direction of higher education. Certainly a more important point that impacts widely.- nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 23, 2016
  • Your Course Accessibility Checklist
    This article stresses the importance of embedding accessibility into course design and delineates how it can be done. - helga helga Aug 1, 2016 - niki.whiteside niki.whiteside Oct 5, 2016 This is an important aspect of course development that is almost completely overlooked. This is also possibly because accessibility in general is overlooked. Online or not. It is challenges for some students. Not necessarily seen as challenges for TEL - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 23, 2016 - niki.whiteside niki.whiteside Oct 5, 2016
  • What Are the Top 10 Higher Ed Tech Issues of 2016?
    EDUCAUSE has created this list of top 10 IT Issues. - helga helga Aug 1, 2016 Recommend directly referencing the source article Educause Top 10 IT Issues, 2016 - paul.turner paul.turner Aug 4, 2016 I adore that Billie Holiday song The article is a good analysis of nuts&bolts institutional IT support. The effects of the rush for the cloud are notable. - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016.IT security and staff retraining are certainly top priorities. The latter because staff are likely to be digital migrants. - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 23, 2016