Saturday, October 11, 2008

oN tHE hORIZON....

I never knew the Horizon Reports exited for Higher Education. The reports result from a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and Educause Learning Initiative have released Horizon Reports every year. If you're like me, you may have never heard of the NMC. Not until this past year did Educause stumble across my personal radar.

The NMC has a website at It is an international 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium of nearly 300 learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. UCSB is not a member (but some other UC's are), however my two other alma maters are..University of Virginia and Pennsylvania State University. The organization has an interesting history about it's original origin and initial development.

I see the Horizon Reports as a proactive way at looking at the role and influence technology has in higher education. At the same time, the reports serve as a means of influencing the importance and perpetuating the significance of technology within higher education. After all, we're all trying to make a living and earn a dollar... I see the NMC as an advocate and supporter of higher education, yet it serves as a marketing mechanism for it's founding constituent members (e.g. Apply, Sony, Adobe, etc..).

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