The report was compiled by a 53-strong technology expert panel and is informed by solid primary and secondary research.
The following key trends are featured:
1) Fast trends: driving changes in higher education over the next one to two years
a. Growing ubiquity of social media
b. Integration of online, hybrid, and collaborative learning
2) Mid-range trends: driving changes in higher education within three to five years
a. Rise of data-driven learning and assessment
b. Shift from students as consumers to students as creators
3) Long-range trends: driving changes in higher education in five or more years
a. Agile approaches to change
b. Evolution of online learning
Various challenges were identified (see pp. 20-33 of the report) dividing into solvable (low digital fluency of faculty and relative lack of rewards for teaching), difficult (competition from new model of education and scaling teaching innovations) and wicked challenges (expanding access and keeping education relevant).
The following technology developments (not to be confused with the above trends) are also identified:
1) Time-to-adoption horizon: one year or less
a. Flipped classroom
b. Learning analytics
2) Time-to-adoption horizon: two to three years
a. 3D printing
b. Games and gamification
3) Time-to-adoption horizon: four to five years
a. Quantified self
b. Virtual assistants
There’s a lot of readily available material out there (see Kahn’s academy or Jorum for example) that can be curated and used in addition to creating content from scratch (e.g. self-recorded video lectures and screencasts). See Xerte Online Toolkits (free software) for creating online presentations and interactive learning materials.
An interesting example of the flipped classroom in action is an initiative at Queensland School of English: Using the flipped classroom model to encourage effective reading of literary texts.