I am fortunate once again to be participating on the Advisory Board that is helping with the 2009 NMC Horizon Report. I say “fortunate,” because each year, I feel like I get far more than I give – the Advisory Board truly are a fount of all the latest and greatest developments being used (and influencing) education.
And while I hope you do find the report useful when it comes out in late January 2009, you too can derive much the same benefit as I simply because the process to advise on the Report takes place ‘out in the open’ on this wiki. Indeed, I honestly find the raw materials gathered in the Research Questions (as well as the ongoing hz09 tag in delicious) to be ultimately the most valueable part of the process; inevitably, in order to create a ‘unified’ picture that can be summed up in a printed report certain details are lost, smushed together, improved upon, etc. But all of the raw materials are there for anyone who cares to dig. For instance, this morning I learned about
- a ‘semantically driven’ course picker from MIT
- a quirky little service for suggestions
- a twitter-like site for how you are feeling
- and a “wiki for life sciences where authorship matters“
all in one morning! And because it’s out in the open, so can you. – SWL