Summary: The latest Horizon 2018 report highlights important trends and critical challenges in the use of technology in Higher Education. This report provides essential insights for all medical educators, helping them to be at the cutting edge! Description: The Horizon Report on the important trends and challenges in the use of technology in Higher Education is updated each year by an international expert panel informed by a systematic review of the latest literature. The Horizon Report 2018 has just been published and highlights several areas that are of major interest to medical educators.
Two important current trends are the increasing focus on measuring learning and redesigning learning spaces. This is a timely reminder to all medical educators of some aspects that I have also increasingly recognised:
- 'Every click can - and is - recorded' It is now increasingly easy to measure informal learning by gathering data on what content or website has been viewed and in what sequence. The 'learning path' of each learner can be tracked, analysed and interpreted. Understanding this process is essential if feedback on the self-regulated learning approach taken by learners is to be provided.
- Learning is no longer simply in the classroom or clinic but extends to before, during and after the encounter through the use of a vast range of different learning resources. These resources , both formal and informal, offer not only information but also opinion, with the essential sharing of tacit knowledge that is required for the transfer of learning into practice. For me, this recognises the importance of social media as a tool for providing insights into professional practice.
The three critical challenges highlighted are the creation of authentic learning experiences, improving digital literacy and rethinking the roles of educators.
- Authentic learning allows students to explore, discuss, and understand real-world problems. There are often no easy answers but effectively responding to these problems requires access to a diversity of perspectives, including cross-professional and global. Social media can provide these opportunities
- Digital literacy considers the importance of recognising 'fake news' presented online but also the personal responsibility for making contributions online. Skills in digital literacy are essential for effective learning with social media.
- Rethinking the roles of educators. Is this the greatest challenge for medical educators?
You can read more in the Horizon 2018 Report Samantha Adams Becker, Malcolm Brown, Eden Dahlstrom, Annie Davis, Kristi DePaul, Veronica Diaz, and Jeffrey Pomerantz. NMC Horizon Report: 2018 Higher Education Edition. Louisville, CO: EDUCAUSE, 2018.