The NMC and Saraiva are jointly releasing the 2014 NMC Technology Outlook > Brazilian Universities: A Horizon Project Regional Report during the keynote presentation at the 20th Annual International ABED Conference on Distance Education in Curitiba, Brazil. This report, available in Portuguese and English, applies the process developed for the NMC Horizon Project, with a focus on identifying and describing emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in Brazilian higher education.
Twelve emerging technologies are recognized across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving Brazilian higher education leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.
The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook > Brazilian Universities identifies mobile apps, online learning, games and gamification, and the flipped classroom as technologies and approaches that are expected to become mainstream in Brazilian higher education in the first horizon of one year or less. Learning analytics, mobile learning, open content, and virtual and remote laboratories are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; the Internet of Things, location intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual assistants are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years.
The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages a body of experts in education, technology, business, and other fields with a distinctly Brazilian perspective. The expert panel convenes around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption among higher education institutions in Brazil. The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook > Brazilian Universities details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.
“Brazilian campus leaders and educators will use the report to guide important discussions about which technologies, trends, and challenges are and will be impacting their institutions and practice in the next five years,” said Dr. Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC and co-principal investigator for the report. “The most timely trends identified by the Brazilian expert panel point to the increasing use of hybrid learning designs, which take advantage of innovations in online learning such as learning analytics. “
“It is an honor for Saraiva to be involved in this project,” said Otello Bertolozzi Neto, New Business Development Director of Saraiva and co-principal investigator for the project. “The technologies selected by the panel, such as mobile and online learning, show progress across Brazil in increasing access to high-quality educational opportunities. For this reason Saraiva works as a promoter of social change and contributes to human development by focusing on education, culture, and entertainment.”
The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook > Brazilian Universities is available online, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.
Saraiva is a public Brazilian company with approximately 6,000 employees. Celebrating its centennial year in 2014, Saraiva provides content for basic, technical, and higher education, and leads the market as a provider for law education. The company creates and distributes content and provides technology and services for publishing and retail businesses. Saraiva’s educational solutions integrate innovative technologies, such as adaptive learning and digital library subscriptions, and it provides specific content for distance learning. With 115 stores in 17 Brazilian states and the Federal District, Saraiva is Brazil’s largest retailer of content, culture, and entertainment. Since the launch of its e-commerce platform in 1998, Saraiva has operated with an integrated, multichannel approach, which provides customers with products and services online or in its physical stores. The company offers a rich selection of literature, stationery, music, movies, games and software, mobile phones, electronics, technology, magazines, as well as mobile phone credits, tickets to shows, gift cards, prepaid cards, insurance, technical assistance, recorded delivery and home delivery. To learn more, visit www.saraiva.com.br.
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