Desktop Research: Reports and Research

The initial listing of news on how technology is used by consumers or in popular media culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • College Prestige and Internet Speed Don't Go Hand-in-Hand #Infographic
    The most expensive colleges don't necessarily have the fastest Internet speeds. This infographic shows how of the 25 colleges with the fastest speeds, only one was also ranked in the top 10 for endowments: Texas A&M University.
  • Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released its annual Education at a Glance report, an almanac of indicators on such topics as educational attainment, employment rates by level of education, funding for educational systems, and student mobility across the 34 OECD member nations as well as for 10 additional countries. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014- cchandler cchandler Oct 12, 2014Incredibly robust set of data analysis worldwide (570 pages) statistical relevance to populations, schooling, graduation rates, and other variables. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • The Future of Student Needs: 2025 and Beyond
    With the support of the Lumina Foundation, the Students Needs 2025+ research team from the University of Houston Foresight Program looked for ways to add something new to the discussion about the future of higher education. It found three openings or opportunities to inject some new thinking, with the goal of catalyzing innovative responses to emerging student needs. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Higher Education Websites Unsuitable for Special Needs Students, Says Report
    A new study has found that poorly-designed Irish higher education websites could be contributing to significant dropouts among students with particular disabilities because they cannot access certain assignment services. - lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 Accessibility is becoming more prominent in HigherEd as more students with disabilities attend college. All aspects of the experience from in-class to online are being affected and schools will have to adapt. In Ontario, we have standards that have been set and it's a high priority in every area of our college. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • How Public Universities Can Promote Access and Success for All Students
    While access to higher education has increased overall, students of color and low-income students experience higher student loans and time-to-degree levels and lower degree attainment than their peers. High-performing public universities play a critical role in providing a path to the middle class. Too often, however, these institutions are plagued by low retention and graduation rates—particularly for the neediest students. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014
  • The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025
    As the internet of things continues to grow more significant on the public's radar it raises imminent concerns. This report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project is an analysis of opinions about the likely expansion of the Internet of Things, covering over 1,600 responses that were offered when asked where the Internet of Things would stand by the year 2025. - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014- Elizabeth_Hodas Elizabeth_Hodas Oct 14, 2014
  • MITx Working Papers
    Now that data for the first 11 MITx courses have been delivered and analyzed, this is an opportune time to examine these first offerings, in order to inform ongoing course design and research. MITx is pleased to make these initial reports available to the public (in tandem with the respective HarvardX courses). They address simple questions across multiple courses: Who registered? What did they do? Where are they from? - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 This is valuable as the MOOC model can be spliced into other forms bridging important learning gaps especially with regard to onboarding Freshman to a new campus, or providing just-in-time training for adult learners learning new technical skills.
  • Removing the Cap on Student Numbers – Six Questions Answered
    Along with tuition fees and the inclusion of international students in net migration targets, the plan to lift the cap on student numbers is one of the most debated topics in UK higher education. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
  • Report: Importance of Data's Physical Location Diminishing
    A new Gartner report defines four types of data location: physical location, legal location, political location, and logical location. "None of the types of data location solves the data residency problem alone, but the future will be hybrid — organizations will be using multiple locations with multiple service delivery models. IT leaders can structure the discussion with various stakeholders, but eventually, it's the business leader who has to make a decision, based on the input from general counsel, compliance officers, the information security team, privacy professionals and the CIO." - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • Shocking Report Explodes 5 Myths About American Education
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, which compares the educational systems of over 30 developed nations, provides data that proves that, when it comes to education, the U.S. is so far from being number one that the entire idea of American exceptionalism should be called into question. - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014I think we knew this but good to have the data to back it up. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 Amen.
  • Student Privacy Initiative Announces Three New Publications
    As part of its ongoing Student Privacy Initiative, led by Executive Director Urs Gasser, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is excited to offer a number of related publications that synthesize diverse conversations, distill next steps and key issues, and provide initial substantive resources for technologists and school officials alike.
  • Techie Teens are Shaping How We Communicate
    A 'millennium generation' of 14 and 15 year olds are the most technology-savvy in the UK, according to new Ofcom research, which shows that after our teens our digital confidence begins a long decline. The study, among nearly 2,000 adults and 800 children, finds that six year olds claim to have the same understanding of communications technology as 45 year olds. Also, more than 60% of people aged 55 and over have a below average 'DQ' score. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
  • Tracking a Discipline's Evolution
    Two Kent State University professors frustrated by the lack of analytical data on the evolution of their discipline have compiled all of the field’s doctoral dissertations into a database to track growth and changes in the field. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014
  • Uncluttering the Pathway to the Diploma
    One of the most successful, and underused, strategies, according to the Center for Community College Student Engagement's latest report, is the accelerated remedial course. Students who take such a course during their first term are nearly two and a half times more likely to pass a remedial English course, yet only 16 percent of students participate in the courses, the report notes. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • What Will Our World Look Like in 2022?
    IEEE Computer Society President Dejan Milojicic and a team of nine technologists have surveyed the landscape and identified the 23 game-changing technologies that will have the biggest impact on our world by 2022.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • KPCB Internet trends 2014
    The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report ... - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014