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Augmented & Virtual Reality: 2016 Higher Ed Tech Forum

Message from Dr. Robbie Melton

    Dear TBR Emerging Tech Advisory Board Members,
   
   
    Per the recommendation from the 2016 Program Service Audit, The Office of Emerging Technologies is convening a 'Higher Education Technology Forum' to address future emerging technology trends and support services to the system, campuses, faculty, staff, and students.
   
   
    Due to your knowledge, exemplary skills, experiences, leadership, and insight regarding educational and workforce emerging technologies, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Office of Emerging Technologies would like to invite you to participate in our Higher Education Technology Transformation and Future Forum to assist us in:
   
      *   addressing our system's vision and strategic plans related to the goals for emerging technologies in improving learning, increasing retention and student engagement, enhancing teaching and training,
   
      *   updating the goals and services of the TBR Office of Emerging Technologies in support of the new FOCUS Reorganization ACT.
   
      *   Emerging Technologies
         *   Next generation m-Learning
         *   B.Y.O.D. philosophy in distance learning
         *   Next generation multimedia products

         *   Emerging mobile technologies for teaching, learning, and workforce
         *   Digital access to education, content, and curriculum
         *   Student learning technology tools
         *   Augmented and Virtual Reality enhanced learning
   
    Note: The results of this forum will also assist you in planning for your future technological needs and services for your campus, departments, and programs.
   
   
    Organization of Forum:
   
    The two-day forum will consist of ten national experts serving as facilitators in engaging the group of faculty, staff, and students in conversations regarding emerging technologies for education and workforce development. These experts will serve as visionary facilitators in assisting the group in (1) reviewing current strategic goals and services for emerging technology initiatives and services, (2) addressing current status, (3) predicting future trends and impacts, and (4) providing recommendations for goals and services for the TBR Office of Emerging Technologies in support of the system's reorganization plans for the FOCUS Initiatives.
   
   
    Outcomes of the Forum:
   
      *   Update of the goals and services of the TBR Office of Emerging Technologies
      *   Identification of future technologies within the next three years for shaping education and workforce development
      *   Identification of emerging technologies with potentials for enhancing teaching, curriculum, and access to programs and content
      *   Predictions in increasing education access, diversity, student engagement, retention, and graduation rates.
      *   Predictions of emerging technologies transforming workforce training and careers.

   

   
   
    Preparation for the Forum:  References for the Thin Tank
   
    Please download and review the following documents in preparation for this forum and the noted discussions:
   
   
    2016 NMC Horizon Report
   
    http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2016-higher-education-edition/

NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition | The ...

www.nmc.org

NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition. The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE ...



   
    The 13th edition of the NMC Horizon Report describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, (an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education). Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges, and detailed in succinct, non-technical, and unbiased presentations. Each has been tied to essential questions of relevance, policy, leadership, and practice.
   
    NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition | The ...<http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2016-higher-education-edition/>
    www.nmc.org
    NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition. The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE ...
   
   
   
    IoT (Internet of Things) Impact on Education
   
    http://www.geektime.com/2016/03/07/what-will-be-the-impact-of-iot-on-education/
   
    [http://i2.wp.com/www.geektime.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/640-2.jpg?resize=300%2C180]<http://www.geektime.com/2016/03/07/what-will-be-the-impact-of-iot-on-education/>
   
    What will be the impact of IoT on education? - Geektime<http://www.geektime.com/2016/03/07/what-will-be-the-impact-of-iot-on-education/>
    www.geektime.com
    According to Gartner, they expect a 30 percent increase in the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) this year. This growth will amount to a ...
   
   
    Pew Data:
    http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/07/27/the-future-of-higher-education/
    The Future of Higher Education | Pew Research Center<http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/07/27/the-future-of-higher-education/>
    www.pewinternet.org
    For a millennium, universities have been considered the main societal hub for knowledge and learning. 1 And for a millennium, the basic structures of how universities ...
   
    TBR Technologies Goals and Services:
    http://emergingtech.tbr.edu/key-priorities
    Key Priorities | TBR Emerging Technology and Mobilization<http://emergingtech.tbr.edu/key-priorities>
    emergingtech.tbr.edu
    Key Priority: Student Success . Increasing the number of citizens with diplomas, certificates, and degrees is a critical area of focus for the TBR System.
   
    **TBR Emerging Technologies Goals and Services: (see attached)
   
   
    Tennessee FOCUS Higher Education Act:
    https://www.tbr.edu/focus/focus-act
    [http://www.tbr.edu/profiles/tbr_hosting/themes/tbr_bootstrap/images/TBR_Seal_Full_Color.jpg]<https://www.tbr.edu/focus/focus-act>
   
    The Focus Act | Tennessee Board of Regents<https://www.tbr.edu/focus/focus-act>
    www.tbr.edu
    We are committed to keeping you aware of the news and information available concerning the FOCUS Act and its impact on the System Office. Information, documents and ...