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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education

Melbourne, Australia (May 28, 2015) -- The New Media Consortium (NMC) and Open Universities Australia (OUA) are releasing the 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education at a special OUA roundtable of Australian tertiary education leaders. 

The fourth edition of this Australia-focused regional report describes findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. 

Download the report (PDF)

Ten key trends, ten significant challenges, and twelve important developments in technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next five years, giving Australian university leaders, decision-makers, and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report will provide these leaders with in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology for tertiary education institutions in Australia.  

Key Trends Accelerating Educational Technology Adoption in Australian Tertiary Education
These ten trends are identified as very likely to drive technology planning and decision-making over the next five years, and they were ranked in order of importance by the expert panel, with the first trend listed being deemed the most impactful.   

This year's key trends are: "Increasing Use of Hybrid/Blended Learning Designs," "Redesigning Learning Spaces," "Growing Focus on Measuring Learning," "Rethinking How Institutions Work," "Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators," "Employment as the Definition of Successful Education," "Proliferation of Open Educational Resources (OER)," "Advancing Cultures of Change and Innovation," "Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches," and "Increasing Cross-Institution Collaboration."

The 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education is available online, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

About the New Media Consortium 
The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organizations committed to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. For 22 years, the NMC and its members have dedicated themselves to exploring and developing potential applications of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry.  
To learn more, visit

About Open Universities Australia 
Owned by seven of Australia's premier universities, Open Universities Australia (OUA) is the national leader in quality online tertiary education. Enrolling more than 250,000 students since 1993, OUA provides access to over 1700 units and 180 qualifications taught by more than 20 leading Australian universities and tertiary education providers. 
To learn more, visit

Source: New Media Consortium  

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