The New Media Consortium is so much more than, the best four day summer conference held every year. This June, it was held in Boston and hosted by MIT. NMC is an international community of experts in educational technology with member institutions and vendor partners making it a powerhouse of resources and connections.
A major contribution of NMC is the Horizon Report that is published annually in partnership with EDUCAUSE. For the past ten years this report has shared trends in technology adoption and use in higher education and now also in K-12 environments. If you’ve never seen the Horizon Reports, where have you been?
A key trend to watch in the latest report is, “Computers as we know them are in the process of a massive reinvention because we increasingly expect media to be touchable and interactive.” As iPads increase in popularity and mobile devices proliferate, the NMC has resources and experts watching these trends, providing support for those working in educational technology.
One of the most valuable resources is the NMC listserv called the Technical and Pedagogical Discussion List or NMCTAB for short. As a member institution, Ohio State faculty and staff can participate in these on-line discussions and share ideas about current technology being used in higher education or post questions to find resources needed in instructional technology. Recent topics have been a comparison of Blackboard Collaborate and Cisco WebEx and how to provide a secured laptop-based test-environment.
Other ways to keep up with NMC are their iTunesU content and their twitter feed. You can find out about the latest breaking news by following @NMCorg. FreeResourceFriday always brings new information and resources with ideas on how they can be implemented. Pick your favorite way to connect with NMC or use them all. You will be surprised by what you will learn!
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