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Queen's University

Spring 2010 Newsletter

2010 Horizon Report: Identifying key trends in teaching and learning technologies

The 2010 Horizon Report has recently been released, the result of a collaboration between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE. First produced in 2002, the Horizon Report "identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry on college and university campuses."

Each annual Horizon Report identifies six emerging technologies or practices anticipated to enter the mainstream of academic institutions within the next five years. The report provides:

  • an overview of the technology;
  • a discussion of its relevance for teaching, learning or creative inquiry;
  • examples of how the technology is currently being put into practice; and
  • resources for further reading.

This year's report pinpoints mobile computing and open content as the two key technology trends that are likely to be widely adopted in teaching and learning environments within a year's time. Electronic books and simple augmented reality are discussed as having a time-for-adoption of two to three years, and gesture-based computing and visual data analysis are identified as likely to be adopted within four to five years.

 For further details, read the full 2010 Horizon Report (PDF*,318 KB)

If you would like to learn more about these and other innovative technologies being used in teaching and learning environments, visit the Emerging Technology Centre (ETC) in Mackintosh-Corry Hall. The ETC is open to Queen's faculty, staff and students. It provides a showcase of multimedia resources for the Queen's community, and serves as a gathering space for experimentation with new technologies for teaching and learning. Staff in the ETC are available for consultation, advice and recommendations on the use of emerging technologies in teaching and learning environments, and open house events are scheduled regularly to showcase new technologies.

Queen's is a proud member of both the NMC and EDUCAUSE. To learn more about these organizations, visit or


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