This years Horizon report from the New Media Consortium and Educause Learning Initiative is online now. I haven’t read it cover to cover as it were yet but first impressions are its not the most ground breaking set of emerging technologies to focus on- I mean focusing on cloud computing and mobile technologies is a little dull – not to say they aren’t important technologies for education but they are the sort of thing I could come up with! I get the impression that maybe they have taken a few less risks with their predictions here than they might have been in the past as even the predictions for four to five years in the future seem, at least to me, to have every chance of breaking through well in advance of those timescales.
I think the most impressive thing about this years report is the use of the CommentPress theme for WordPress (that was developed by the Institute for the Future of the Book – though currently the theme seems unavailable for download will track it down – *update* see Stephs comment) and is favoured by Steph Grays team at DIUS for consultations. Its a wonderful theme to use for this sort of large document and this is a really nicely crafted implementation of it. Its no easy job taking a large document originally written for a print publication and making it into something that is web native (despite what many managers might think!) and resisting the urge to just stick a PDF up for download deserves praise.
Another nice touch (though I guess we shouldn’t expect anything less but I’m still almost always surprised) is that the report has been released under Creative Commons.
I’ll leave the deep analysis of the document to those smarter than me but I’m impressed with the presentation and thats me all over – style over substance every day of the week..