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Virtual laboratories, immersive learning environments and their growing influence on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

Recommended by Richard Elliott in an eLearning Watch 'extra' (which you can subscribe to here), is the The Technology Outlook for STEM+ Education 2013-2018: An NMC Horizo.... Richard writes that "this report will inform education leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting STEM+ (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education...and may be of some interest to you and your colleagues"

A review of the report can be found by clicking this hyperlink - A brief highlight of some of the key aspects of the report is:
The 'Technology Outlook for STEM+ Education 2013-2018' recognizes learning analytics, mobile learning, online learning, and virtual and remote laboratories as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the near-term horizon of one year or less. 3D printing, games and gamification, immersive learning environments, and wearable technology are seen in the mid-term horizon of two to three years. Finally, flexible displays, the Internet of Things, machine learning, and virtual assistants emerged in the far-term horizon of four to five years.

The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC for the entire "NMC Horizon Report" series that engages an international body of experts in education, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in global STEM+ education. The "Technology Outlook for STEM+ Education 2013-2018" details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.

"The report makes it very clear that online learning has proliferated across all STEM+ fields," said Daniel Torres, CEO of CSEV and co-principal investigator for the project. "Other emerging technologies that appear in the report, such as virtual and remote laboratories and immersive learning environments, are accelerating this progression."

Well worth a read.

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