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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Higher Education in Ireland

The New Media Consortium (NMC), the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University, and the Irish Learning Technology Association are releasing the 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Higher Education in Ireland at the 2015 EdTech Conference at the University of Limerick. 

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This inaugural Ireland edition 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.

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

Key Trends Accelerating Educational Technology Adoption in Irish Higher 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. 

The key trends are: "Rethinking the Roles of Educators," "Increasing Use of Hybrid/Blended Learning Designs," "Rise of Digital Delivery," "Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators," "Growing Focus on Measuring Learning," "Redesigning Learning Spaces," "Increase in E-Portfolios Created by Learners," "Proliferation of Open Educational Resources," "Advancing Cultures of Change and Innovation," and "Increasing Preference for Personal Technology."

The 2015 NMC Technology Outlook for Higher Education in Ireland is available online, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.   
Download the report (PDF) 

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 21 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 the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University
The National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) aims to be a world leader at the forefront of designing, implementing, and evaluating contemporary models of teaching and learning. It has a mission of transforming lives and societies through listening, linking, and leading for a better future. The NIDL is committed to providing strategic leadership, building strong communities of practice, and enabling and contributing to world-class research. It supports a comprehensive suite of professional development opportunities in digital learning, from workshops to advanced postgraduate study. 
To learn more about NIDL, visit

About the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA) The Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA) is an independent voluntary community of professionals committed to the development and exchange of knowledge by sharing expertise and the promotion of best practice in technology-enhanced learning in education. It achieves this by conducting and commissioning national research projects, hosting the annual EdTech national conference, publishing the open access TEL Ireland Journal, and co-sponsoring the Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning with DCU. 
To learn more about the ILTA, visit

Source: New Media Consortium