Helge Fischer, Univ of Dresden
What comes next is always most interesting question. Horizon report suggests we take a global view, and that pace of change is rapid. Fischer’s study analysed German academic environment (scientific discussions at conferences and publication abstracts) to try to assess what the next big thing might be. Suggestion that the current focus is on learning management, social software, e-assessment, audio/video, MOOCs, mobile learning, e-portfolios, etc. Not all of these are new or particularly innovative. So what is, and what might be the focus of the next few years? Well, not virtual roles (eg Second Life) perhaps as this was a somewhat surprising omission in the academic literature.
Difficult to make many predictions… MOOCs may be the next big thing, we will need to wait and see….