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Horizon Report - 2009 Higher Ed

Written by Erin Wilkey Oh
July 06, 2012

The NMC Horizon Report 2009 Higher Ed Edition, available as a PDF below, discusses these six emerging trends in three adoption horizons:

One Year or Less

Mobiles
Internet-capable mobile devices will soon outnumber computers. Already, mobiles are users’ first choice for accessing online content. As access to devices continues to grow, the implications for teaching and learning will be great.

Cloud Computing
Large clusters of networked servers are making inexpensive, offsite storage a reality. The ability to have multi-user applications and multi-processor computing is changing how we think about computers, software, and files. 

Two to Three Years

Geo-Everything
It is now possible for data to be coded with physical coordinates. Many devices can now determine location and code that to photographs, videos, and text-based data. 

The Personal Web
Users are increasingly able to manage the ways they manage and view online content. Personalized start pages, RSS aggregators, and widgets all help to personalize our interactions with the Internet. 

Four to Five Years

Semantic-Aware Applications
These applications could enable searches to provide results based on the context of online content rather than simply keywords. This could make searching for online content easier and more efficient than ever before.

Smart Objects
Smart objects are physical objects that have the ability to “know” certain information. QR codes, RFID tags, smartcards, or smart chips can link an object to a wealth of virtual information.

Open 2009-Horizon-Report.pdf



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