Desktop Research: Reports and Research

The initial listing of news on how technology is used by consumers or in popular media culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regluar basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Sam Sam Feb 17, 2014. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • Adaptability to Online Learning: Difference Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas
    Looking at the data collected from over 40,000 community and technical college students in Washington State, this study describes how well students adapt to the online environment relative to their ability to earn strong grades in face-to-face courses.
  • Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning
    Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning’ from the The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute and the EU TELMap project presents a range of research projects which aim to explore how to make engagement in learning (and teaching) more passionate.
  • Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online
    A new survey finds that most internet users would like to be anonymous online, but many think it is not possible to be completely anonymous online. Some of the key findings are that 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprint - ranging from clearing cookies to encrypting their email.
  • Building Cybercabinets: Best Practices in Online Access to Digital Natural History Collections
    This research examines ways natural history can be effectively and creatively presented online to the public and culminates in offering eight guidelines aimed at supporting development decisions for natural history web initiatives.
  • Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design
    Learning scientists at the DML published a report that includes case studies that demonstrate what connected learning is as a social and technology conscious pedagogy and where it is implemented.
  • Designing A Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology
    This report describes the progress and challenges regarding networking and information technology (NIT) in areas like educational technology, "big data," health IT, energy, and defense.
  • Disruptive Technologies: Advances that Will Transform Life, Business, and the Global Economy
    This report from the McKinsey Global Institute identifies 12 technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformations and disruptions in the coming years. The report also looks at exactly how these technologies could change our world, as well as their benefits and challenges, and offers guidelines to help leaders from businesses and other institutions respond.
  • Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a report which tracked trends in education across OECD member countries as well as Brazil, China and India.
  • eSN Special Report: Powering the Digital Classroom
    How students want to learn, and how they’re actually learning and using digital tools, doesn’t match up in many schools. How can education leaders balance this equation?
  • Free Papers Have Reached a Tipping Point, Study Claims
    Efforts to give the public free access to peer-reviewed papers have reached a milestone: One-half of all papers are now freely available within a year or two of publication, concludes a study funded by the European Commission and released today. - lindleyshedd lindleyshedd Feb 19, 2014
  • How Is Technology Addressing the College Access Challenge?
    How well is edtech addressing the college access challenge? The answer, according to a report released today by Get Schooled, is not very well for younger and under represented students.
  • How the Post-2015 Agenda can have a Transformative Impact on life Skills and Livelihood
    These fellows from the Center of Universal Education point out that the agenda for education for the 1.5 billion young people ages 12-24 (1.3 billion in developing countries) in this world will focus on transferable skills, faciliating the school-to-work transition, and strengthening the link between post-primary education and improve life and labor opportunities.
  • How to Ride the Digital Wave: a Collaboration Between Museums and The Danish Broadcasting Corporation
    How can small-scale museums with limited resources ride the digital wave? By creating a collaboration between a group of museums and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. When public cultural institutions share skills, content and technology significant value is being created.
  • Improving Retention: Predicting At-Risk Students by Analysing Clicking Behaviour in a Virtual Learning Environment
    One of the key interests for learning analytics is how it can be used to improve retention. This paper focuses on work conducted at the Open University (OU) into predicting students who are at risk of failing their module.
  • 'Innovation Index' Launched to Guide Ed-Tech Decisionmakers
    A report released today offers an "innovation index" meant to help school leaders and teachers, education company leaders, and investors determine whether digital innovations deliver on their promised classroom benefits. The index allows evaluators to rate digital products and services based on three broad criteria: pedagogy, system change, and the quality of the technology.
  • Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow's Teachers
    This report looks into teacher preparation programs to find out what aspiring teachers think about using emerging technologies in the classroom and how they will approach teaching and learning with edtech when they begin working
  • Location-Based Services
    This report underscores three major aspects of location’s impact on our digital uses: that many people use their smartphones to navigate the world, there is notable growth in the number of social media users who are now setting their accounts to include location in their posts, and there is a modest drop in the number of smartphone owners who use “check in” location services.
  • Mo’ Pixels Mo’ Problems: Moving Toward a Resolution Independent Web
    With the evolution of modern display devices, designers are now responsible for thinking beyond layout and must also consider the impact of resolution. This paper will focus on various tools and techniques web designers can use to achieve resolution independence. Topics in this paper include the pros and cons of delivery methods, resolution independent design alternatives, common responsive design techniques and more.
  • Neuroeducation: 25 Findings Over 25 Years
    To celebrate the progress of the neuroeducation field Open Colleges has compiled a list of the 25 most significant findings in neuroscience education over the past 25 years.
  • No Longer a Luxury: DIgital Literacy Can't Wait
    The authors of this report offer an “inside portrait” into two schools and the impact of technology integration with the take-away being that English teachers must have the courage to take on new roles because students without access to tools of technology and the Internet will struggle to participate economically and politically. - lindleyshedd lindleyshedd Feb 19, 2014 Digital literacy is one of my major areas of interest right now. I run a multimedia production center in a library in higher ed and see so many students that only know the very specific things they've learned to do with their specific devices. Beyond just that, they are either afraid or unwilling to try to understand how something works or develop greater understanding to be successful with something they've never tried. The notion of digital "native" and digital "immigrant" suggests an understanding in the "native" group that does not exist (I also find the terminology rather terrible). Some of the other articles from the list touch on some related ideas.
    • Debunked: 9 Common Myths About Technology
      This article repudiates some of the most common myths concerning the technology we use every day, from battery draining to deleting files off your computer.
    • Helping Youth Geek Out: Transforming Youth from Digital Consumers to Digital Makers
      This article describes the role museums have in helping youth become digital makers rather than just digital consumers and describes some of the programs various museums currently have in place to further this initiative.
      - **lindleyshedd** 21 minutes ago
    • I think this issue is tied to the existing challenge of "Digital Fluency of Faculty is Too Low" but the other element that has to change is the belief that digital literacy is something "extra" (mentioned in the "Can't Wait" article). When I as a librarian have conversations with faculty it's a question of who should be teaching it, but they don't want it to be them, when it should be an ubiquitous part of learning. I personally see digital literacy as different than media literacy, but it's worth mentioning that "Student Media Literacy Levels are Inadequate" is already among the known challenges (I should have worked backward, most if what I can come up with is already on a list). - lindleyshedd lindleyshedd Feb 19, 2014
  • OCLC Research to Develop Semantic Similarity Computing Algorithms with the Europeana Dataset
    OCLC and Europeana are collaborating to investigate ways of creating semantic links between the millions of digital objects that are accessible online through in order to improve “similar object” browsing. Europeana is Europe’s digital library, archive and museum.
  • Personal Information Management: The Case for an Evolutionary Approach
    This review paper argues that users of personal information management systems have three particularly pressing requirements, for which current systems do not fully cater: (i) To combat information overload, as the volume of information increases. (ii) To ease context switching, in particular, for users who face frequent interrupts in their work. (iii) To be supported in information integration, across a variety of applications.
  • Personal Learning Environments: E-Learning Papers
    PLEs are distinctly learner-centred and foster autonomous learning. PLEs are by no means isolated; they are interconnected in a digital ecosystem of media, tools and services. Instead of asking learners to navigate within one monolithic environment, PLEs act as a gateway to an open and connected learning experience.
  • Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem
    An interesting report, with many relevant url's, about the future learning.
  • Report Uncovers Who Is Actually Teaching With Technology
    The Washington-based Pew Research Center published a report on how teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms with surveys finding technologies have brought along a number of new challenges for teachers, which are detailed in this post.
  • Surveying Mobile Learning Around the World
    This post describes two sets of mobile learning reports, one from UNESCO, and one from GSMA and The MasterCard Foundation, to summarize students' perspectives of using their mobiles for learning and what makes them so valuable in the classroom.
  • Survey Says…People Are Still on Standby Regarding Wearable Technology
    TNS Global has done some research to see what consumers in the mainstream think about wearable technology, finding seventy-five percent of surveyed consumers were aware of at least one wearable device, but only nine percent were actually interested in using them. 55% of consumers think wearable technology is or will be too expensive and 24% don’t want any more devices than they already have, plus majority of respondents did not want to wear a device on their eye, preferring a device for their arm. Privacy is also a major concern.
  • Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning
    To raise awareness about many of the major K-12 data standards and interoperability initiatives underway to address these and related issues, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released a new report entitled, Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning. SETDA developed this new report to help education leaders understand how technical interoperability initiatives relate to teaching and learning and to offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can become more responsive to educator needs and personalize learning for students.
  • Where Do Images of Art Go Once They Go Online? A Reverse Image Lookup Study to Assess the Dissemination of Digitized Cultural Heritage
    Once digital images of cultural and heritage material are digitized and placed online, how can we tell if they are copied, disseminated, and reused? This paper explores Reverse Image Lookup (RIL) technologies – usually used to identify unlicensed reuse of commercial photography - to help in assessing the impact of digitized content.
  • The World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report
    The Global Information Technology Report 2013 analyses the impact and influence of ICTs on economic growth and jobs in a hyperconnected world, covering 144 economies. It shows that digitization has a measurable effect on economic growth and job creation and highlights the lack of progress in bridging the new digital divide – not only in terms of developing ICT infrastructure but also in economic and social impact.