Mind mapping the 2012 Horizon Report by the New Media Consortium (NMC) was the only way to make sense from the 2012 Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report. By mind mapping the Key Trends, Challenges and Technology to Watch as presented in the Horizon Report and Horizon Project wiki I hoped to reveal the connections of these areas which did not seem obvious from reading the 2012 Horizon Report.
That’s based on my initial impression from reading the 2012 Horizon Report which seemed to have dodged the purpose of the Horizon Project as stated:
“…examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the higher education environment.”
It is this purpose the Horizon Project may have strayed a bit too far from by focusing on several issues which do not support the Project’s purpose or by not establishing the linkages they felt existed which just were not apparent to me.
In this regard, several areas of the Report felt like the right answer just not for the question the Report attempts to answer. This means there were lots of interesting and terribly important things in the Horizon Report and in the artifacts of the Horizon Project wiki but not all of them tie into the stated purpose of the the Report.
So here is the resulting mind mapping which you can navigate and export. In case the embedded view is not comfortable, you can also access the 2012 Horizon Report Mind Map directly.
As you navigate through the mind mapping you might also want to follow along using a copy of the Horizon Report to see if I have mapped things out correctly or fairly. Along with the basic branch structures derived from the narrative I tried to include the linkages between items where they were called out in the actual Report.
Clearly other connections exist but the the artifacts of the Horizon Project really don’t do enough to establish these linkages. I think this is also why the report is weak on fulfilling its goal.
Perhaps if the Horizon Project would have started with the emerging technology then sifted through them for their potential impact then filtering that by the challenges and key trends it would have made more sense and been more comprehensive and resulted in a useful Report for strategy and planning.
The Project also seems to avoid the more significant issues of technology impact which is the degree of penetration (re: adoption, utilization) and evidence of impact.
There is also some evidence the Project lacks a sufficiently broad perspective of the true maturity of technology outside of the education sector.
So I am wondering if I should put my money where my mouth is and take a stab at an alternate mind mapping representation of the Horizon Report using the orientation I outlined above.
Meanwhile, please let me know if I have missed something in the Horizon Report or simply got it wrong. Also, if there are other connections between the Key Trends, Challenges and Technology to Watch in the report that I did not include, please let me know.