Notes from Current Issue Cofffee Club: Horizon Report 2010

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horizonreport_2010.jpgCurrent Issues Coffee Club
Sponsored by Information Literacy Collaborative
Reading: Horizon Report 2010 (http://www.nmc.org/horizon)
March 30, 2010

Members of the collaborative blogged about the report in advanced of the Coffee Club. To read to go:  http://blog.lib.umn.edu/learninglibraries/

Introduction:
•    It is published by New Media Consortium
•    Ongoing project since 2002
•    Looks at technology that impacts teaching, learning and creative inquiry
•    It has a consistent format with three components:
o    Key trends
o    Critical challenges
o    Technologies to watch-adoption time frames
•    Not meant to be predictive--these technologies already being used but these technologies may have greater impact
•    Methodology: Advisory board to guide the process--40 members from around the world--start with list of 75 to 100 and whittle it down to 6 for report. You can see their process and discussion all on wiki
Discussion:
•    Interesting on how it can be impact the libraries
•    Mobile
o    Different metaphors for mobile--what kind of activities should be privileged? Opportunity to whittle down what is offered to users--search result screen providing saving activities assuming it doesn't make for good reading experience--is there something out there that matches my query?
o    Is the expectation going to change--will people expect to have the same experience?
o    http://www.lib.umn.edu/mobile/
o    Effects amount of information that we can display--near term solution
o    Long term solution-need to have displays that scale to device--
o    No teaching on this page. Flash tutorials won't work on mobile devices
o    Did look at different phone to test it--have seen a fair amount of traffic
o    Is "get it" button in mobile? Just not functional?
o    Is it linked on universitys mobile site? University doesn't have one yet
o    Video of tutorials?--hard to do reading on mobile but better to watch videos
o    Would be easy to take workshops that we have captured and have them on mobile?
o    Is it a leap from a site to an app? Not too hard--new skin more than something else--but then can't work offline
o    Connect to refworks--
o    Flash is an impediment to iphone/ipad   
o    And screen capture to iphone might make it unreadable
o    But lots of how to guides--aren't on mobile -can integrate additional material focus need to know more about how their content is being used
o    URL shortener (https://z.umn.edu)
o    Advantageous for um connect/jing/
o    Putting more energy with these
•    Much of our content of teaching and learning isn't open content (e.g. accessible by everyone)
•    What about return on investment? Where are our students? Trick is finding where we can create stuff that will work on both--without much work.  For example tools like Media Mill--can redo for mobile devices
•    Small choices that we can make can increase use on mobile devices

What services are we likely to use in 3 to 5 years from now?

•    Do we know what people want to do with our site?
•    Who are we reaching for the long term?
•    Who is working on this?--IT Council--Communications--
Best Practices--
•    Key Trends and challenges
•    Some of those things we have been talking about
•    some instructors don't know about
•    Open content--instructors are working to getting course and getting them online
•    Role of repositories
•    Is there a library role to archive class content?
•    Treated different across colleges--different tools

Digital Medial Literacy
•    What is digital media literacy? Different schools of thought: Media arts education
censorship media education, mainstream media literacy--has story/perspective, critical media literacy--consumption of media. Many choices made within the creation of media. Perspectives of creator and multiple forms and genres. Recognition that product isn't always print

Scholarship
•    How we create scholarship--isn't always going to be print
•    Example of this is Vectors online journal--editor on USC http://www.vectorsjournal.org/. Creative works, must be scholarship that couldn't exist in print--experimental. Editor of this journal often ends up with technologists and librarians and faculty just aren't there
•    We as scholars have to own this and change
•    Information literacy and digital literacy--first thing you need to is to sell the content
•    Use technology to augment teaching

Trends spotting is always challenge--not linear but exponentially (e.g. telephones in India--skipped land lines went straight to cell phone)
•    What are those things that are going to be first steps--half measures--that are going to be radically different?--grounded in past paradigm--e.g. ebooks
•    Don't want to focus on the near term because these might be a jump
•    Compelling case for these to take off
•    Role of rapid prototyping
•    Let go of something which isn't working (cd rom indexes)--hard to let go
•    Dealing with risk and change
•    Ratio--energy, money, time--delivering forms of content versus preserving content
•    Going to be saving more--data storage will necessitate it
•    other forms of scholarship--e.g. blog comments
•    Traditionally had the journals to store our intellectual products
•    Product is dispersed--to know what tools will make the content more relevant
Alter definition of information literacy
•    Helping people to engage critically with data
•    How can we critically engage with media
•    Current definition of info lit will have to expand
•    How much we are dependant on apparatus of publishing industry--about value and quality--artifacts of publishing mechanism--that is less efficient--leaving us without authority
•    Different set of mechanism

Credential--who will have a role for forming this for more
•    Do you teach people how to credential? As long as you teach people to ask the right questions--do we know the right questions?
•    Digital literacies--harder to tell/discern--about data
•    Will we have the level of expertise--probably not--since it will be more complex
•    Asking the right questions--is very interesting
•    How to read it, critically think about it--
•    People aren't accustom
•    K-12--MEMO and technology specialists--information and technology literacy--standards--how they are being prepared in K-12

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Here are some additional highlights on the Horizon Report by Outsell: https://clients.outsellinc.com/insights/index.php?p=11190

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