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Horizon Reports



The NMC’s Horizon Project may very well be producing the single most important body of research into emerging technology within the world of education. With well over one million downloads and 27 translations in the past ten years, the NMC Horizon Report series provides the higher education, K-12, and museum communities across the globe a key strategic technology planning tool that is continuously refreshed and updated.

The NMC and the Horizon Project are best known for its flagship Horizon Reports that focus on higher education and K12 globally, but the research into the uptake of technology goes far beyond what is published in those key publications. The NMC does extensive work regionally around the world as well, working with ministries of education and other key groups to produce specialized reports for Latin America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and is currently working on projects in Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan), and planning projects for Brazil, India, and Africa. The Horizon research is truly global in scope and reach.

In 2012, the Horizon Project is celebrating its tenth year of research into emerging technology, and Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO of the NMC, and Dr. Lev Gonick, VP and CIO at Case Western Reserve University and Board Chair Emeritus of the NMC, worked together as Retreat Co-Chairs to plan a very special way to mark that milestone. Distinguished thought leaders were invited from around the world to come together January 24-26, 2012 in Austin to reflect on what technology will mean to educational institutions in the next decade.

The notion was simple: in a world where libraries are completely reinventing themselves, where universities and schools are moving away from labs to BYOD, and where the focus of everything seems to be on mobiles — what will be the role of technology in the next decade? What do leading institutions need to be doing now to prepare? What are the strategies that will provide them the most flexibility? The greatest competitive advantage?

A renowned group of 100 experts from all over the world who have served on Horizon Project advisory boards over the last decade joined us in Austin to help us address those questions. David Sibbet, CEO of the Grove and the world’s leading visual facilitator, led the group over the two days through several rounds of work.

We will produce a 30-page-ish report from the work that took place in Austin that does two things: One is to capture meta-learnings drawn from our research of ten years into the uptake of technology -- which technologies seem to be "sticky" and persist, which are generative (in the sense of shaping perceptions that allow subsequent technologies to take traction) — and how to know one from the other. The second is to use those meta-learnings to frame a set of ideas for strategic technology planning to inform the next decade of decision making across all sectors of education. Watch this space for updates as that publication unfolds!

Without the support of our 10th Anniversary Horizon Project Retreat sponsors, this effort would not have been possible. Our sincere thanks goes to the following companies for both their support and active participation in the event: HP Office of Global Social Innovation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Apollo Research Institute, Enterprise Hive, Cisco, and Quantum Thinking.

Retreat Materials

Six Minutes with ...

Malcolm Brown
Lev Gonick
Lucy Gray
Øystein Johannessen
Larry Johnson
Susan Metros
Ruben Puentedura
Marsha Semmel
John Weber

Discussion Areas

The Communiqué

Reading List

Meeting Elements

David Sibbet's Complete Visual Record



The Landscape