This report from IMS Global Learning Consortium, looks at key trends in the use of technology to support learning. After 10 years of observing, four clear scenarios are identified:
- Rise of the learning platform [not sure what is defined by this- a course based set of services? ]
- Continued dominance of instructor led credentialed learning [still reigns in the HE & VET sectors]
- Custom & supplementary content is king [yes pre-packaged content is not adaptive or responsive to users needs]
- consolidation leads to stability with open source emergence [even the mainstream vendors are acknowledging this].
The report goes onto nominate six trends to watch, including the expected mix of collaborative learning, mobile, self directed themes. Reinforcing comment though, that many of these are more impactful if they are available through a single point of access. I also liked the description on the award to Harvest Road list management system representing a breakthrough in a product that allows integration of library and other digital resources into a familiar reading list. Too often the ‘education’ domain remains divorced from the ‘library’ domains.