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NMC report on trends in education says open content is going to be big in schools in 2-3 years

June 12, 2011

Via Scoop.itOpen learning news

According to the New Media Consortium 2011 Horizon Report (, open content and game-based learning will both come into their own within the next 2-3 years in schools globally.

As a precursor to that (within the next year), we should expect to see cloud computing (i.e. storing and sharing files on web-based servers, for convenience and cost-savings) and mobile devices (specifically smartphones) taking off in schools.

And later developments we can expect (within 4-5 years) are the use of learning analytics as an assessment tool, and the acceptance of the concept of personal learning environments (PLEs) in schools, in other words, allowing learners to create and manage their own digital spaces to enable personalised learning processes and pathways.

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  1. July 26, 2011 12:48 pm

    Open educational content will definitely make its way into K-12 and higher education segment. But the challenge remains in effectively managing and engaging the students to use the content. Lot of open resources available today are not well exposed to students. Bring in social features with comments and ratings similar to amazon model will help students to reach and use the content more effectively. We at are trying to build a collaborative platform for students across the universities to collaborate and engage to create a social elearning platform.

  2. July 26, 2011 5:06 pm

    Thanks for commenting, Natraj. Your concept of providing a social platform for K-12 students to use open educational resources sounds interesting. I think, for it to be wildly successful, it will need human moderation (e.g. a supportive teacher/ tutor/ facilitator) and some kind of pacing (e.g. a time frame of two or three weeks during which all students are focusing on a particular aspect of the curriculum, so that they can engage in meaningful online discussion with others). Good luck with the initiative!

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