There are plenty of differing views about the future of learning (or teaching, or education etc) and I'm sure I could spend every waking hour reading them and still never finish.
Some though are more worthwhile to read than others, and I've always appreciated the Horizon Report, published annually by the Horizon Project, part of the New Media Consortium's Emerging Technologies Initiative.
The Key Trends, Critical Challenges and Technologies to Watch identified in this year's report make interesting reading, and there's plenty of detail in the report for more information:
On the near-term horizon - within the next 12 months Electronic Books Mobiles On the second adoption horizon - within two to three years Augmented reality Game-based learning On the far-term horizon - within four to five years Gesture-based computing Learning analytics
According to the report:
That seems so critical, I don't think we can afford to wait five years for it. I know that there's plenty of work going on now by institutions, often in partnership with companies, which will hopefully start to produce meaningful Learning Analytics much sooner - and which could be adopted widely much sooner. I wonder if the timeframe is more reflection of the change management that will need to go along with the widespread use of Learning Analytics?
The full Horizon Report is a PDF free download from NMC