2004 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference
March 1719, Charlotte, NC


Larry Johnson

Chief Executive Officer
The New Media Consortium

After more than 20 years of unrelenting change, what is next on the horizon for colleges and universities? If there is one thing weve learned, it is that the road to the future is paved with hyperbole and too many of the next big things turn out to have been so much wasted time. How can an instructional technologist today stay abreast of emerging technology without taking time away from the pressing demands of the real work that needs to be done?

The Horizon Project, a project launched two years ago by the NMC, is an effort to ease that task somewhat. The hope is to try to distinguish those new technologies that may offer considerable opportunity to advance teaching, learning, and creative expression in higher education from those which may have very little impact, and to then identify promising educational applications and ideas worthy of further exploration.

In this address, Larry will draw on the first set of findings of the Horizon Project to set the stage for a discussion of key technology trends and issues and emerging technologies to watch. Looking through the dark lens that characterizes technology prognostication, hell share his perceptions on where the long and winding road of technology integration will take us next, and share some insights about technology use in teaching and learning.

Dr. Larry Johnson is Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international consortium of colleges, universities, museums and technology companies dedicated to using new technologies to inspire, energize, stimulate, and support learning and creative expression. He is an acknowledged expert on the effective application of information technology in higher education, and has authored a number of books, monographs, and articles on that topic, as well as on the related areas of distance learning, strategic planning, and institutional effectiveness. Dr. Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. His service includes roles as faculty, dean, senior executive, and president.

Learn more about Dr. Johnson and the Horizon Project at http://www.nmc.org/horizon/ .

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