2010 Horizon Report Preview

Having recently read the 2010 Horizon Report Preview we decided to publish our response to some of the points it made.

This report preview is divided into five sections, the first three of which cover a range of different time-to-adoption horizons.

Within the One Year or Less section there are two areas which generate strongly different repsonses from us.

Tools for study, productivity, task management, and more have become integrated into a single device that we grab along with car keys and wallet … It is easier than ever before to remain connected anytime and anywhere.

As far as Mobile Computing is concerned, we very much agree with the report. We do not, however, share the same optimism for the adoption-time of Open Content.

Open content is a growing movement that focuses on sharing and reusability and thrives on the ready availability of a wide range of educational content.

There are currently so few institutions actively engaging with the production and use of open content that we do not feel the necessary amount of education content will be available within such a short time frame as One Year or Less to make Open Content mainstream.

As a result, the role of the teacher is undergoing a slow but definite change, from the guardian and dispenser of knowledge to the guide and coach for learners faced with an overabundance of resources.

Whilst we agree that the role of teachers will have to change, transitioning from ‘guardian[s] and dispenser[s] of knowledge’ to ‘guide[s] and coach[es] for learners’, we are not confident of this happening quickly.

The nature of education is such that academics are already starting to move from guardians of knowledge to guides and coaches for learners but without further development of this culture the adoption of open content will be seriously impacted.

the open content movement depends on a community of contributors and users who are willing to create and release high-quality educational content in a variety of media at little to no cost

One question worth considering is that once our teachers become guides and coaches rather than fountains of knowledge, who will be the authors of new educational open content? Will there be a wider academic divide between those that teach and those that research? Where is the incentive for research academics to publish open content in a format that is suitable for new undergraduate learners?

On the flipside can universities afford not to publish their resources as open content? Will HE recognition rely on the resources produced as much as the quality of teaching and research and peer reviewed publishing?

Open Content is a threat to the traditional journal publishing model, so how will journals react? With the upcoming REF to be partially based on citation metrics, is this a good time for Universities to be challenging the publishing establishment?

We seem to have more questions than answers, so we leave it to you the reader to answer for us. Comment below!

Handheld Learning 2008

Pecha Kucha


dr math rocks
resolving bad maths record. high sms costs, low bandwidth costs. Mxit – South African company, 7 million users, software is free. So can Mxit be used possitively in education? ‘Dr Maths’ homework hotline using Mxit. help with maths homework up to grade 12. 14:00 – 20:00 sundays-thursdays. over 2000 kids use it. 20 students from Uni of Pretoria are the tutors (anonymous), some physics and chemistry help too. mostly english, some africaans support too. approx 2000 students using the service. no advertising, growth via word of mouth.

mlearn2009 presentation:
themes: mobile, global, integrated. venue: uni of central florida

pocket pc program of highvale secondary college
800 students. mixed.
pocket pc program to help staff development – staff doing collaborative development to teach different modules each year.
HP pocket pcs. vodcasts. mlessons (thinking skills curriculums).

myths and legends of mobile learning
provide guides and access to computers so that students can convert the powerpoint slides to videos for their own hardware – rather than teachers doing the conversion for the students. that way each student with a different device can make the best material for their device.

don’t follow boring people

meraka institute – mobilEd
sustainable learning and teaching that are meaningfully enhanced with mobile learning technology

useful webapps running in mobile safari.


learnosity – large scale assessment of language

mobimundi.net (mamk.net)

Spiral Journey of Discovery, game, www.heliatrope.ca

Hidden Ideas (ltd), helping learning – an online platform – teachers set own fees, user groups, www.helpinglearning.co.uk

3sheep.co.uk, 3sheep.mobi – engaging tutors

Beyond Current Horizons (dan sutch futurelab) what happens 2025

Site blurb: Everybody with an interest in 21st Century learning and teaching practice is invited.

It’s a game.

The rules are simple. Anybody can present but you’re allowed 20 images that you show for 20 seconds each giving you a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds before the next presenter is up. You can’t spend 6:40 on one image/slide or 2:20 or any other denomination you can only spend 20 seconds on each image/slide. It’s all part of the fun and keeps presentations concise. If the facilitator decides then the presentation may be open for discussion with the audience otherwise it’s straight on to the next presenter.
Each presentation is pre-loaded onto a laptop (Powerpoint or Keynote) and then is ready to go. The facilitator will make a brief introduction of the presenter and then the talk begins. Each presentation must be pre-configured to advance every 20 seconds, so it’s up to the speaker to keep pace with their slides.
More information about the origins of Pecha Kucha here