May 20, 2019

Strategic ed tech planning with the 2019 Horizon Report by EDUCAUSE

Posted by Laura Guertin

I blog annually when the Horizon Report is released. This document, brought to us by EDUCAUSE, profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology as ranked by an expert panel of leaders from across the higher education landscape.

To read the full higher education edition of the 2019 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report (42 pages), visit:

I have reproduced the table of contents from the full report below. How many of these topics are you, your department, or your institution addressing or discussing? Or are you ahead of the ed tech curve?


Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Higher Education
Long-Term Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for five or more years

  • Rethinking How Institutions Work
  • Modularized and Disaggregated Degrees

Mid-Term Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for the next three to five years

  • Advancing Cultures of Innovation
  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning

Short-Term Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for the next one to two years

  • Redesigning Learning Spaces
  • Blended Learning Designs

Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Higher Education
Solvable Challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve

  • Improving Digital Fluency
  • Increasing Demand for Digital Learning Experience and Instructional Design Expertise

Difficult Challenges: Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive

  • The Evolving Roles of Faculty with Ed Tech Strategies
  • Achievement Gap

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address

  • Advancing Digital Equity
  • Rethinking the Practice of Teaching

Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

  • Mobile Learning
  • Analytics Technologies

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years

  • Mixed Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

  • Blockchain
  • Virtual Assistants


There has been a summary video of the report produced in prior years. Although one does not exist for the 2019 report, EDUCAUSE has a relevant video that overviews 2019 Top 10 IT Issues – how digital technology is remaking higher education through three key themes: empowered students, trusted data, and 21st century business strategies. This information is also summarized on the EDUCAUSE website.

I blogged about the 20182017,  2016 and 2015 reports, and you can access prior reports going back to 2004 on the NMC Horizon Report website. You may also be interested in the Campus Technology 2018 Teaching with Technology survey results.