Keeping up with technology trends, challenges, and innovations in learning environments—academic, museums, and libraries included—can feel overwhelming even to those of us immersed in those topics every day. The New Media Consortium (NMC) annual reports on technology in learning, therefore, are among those must-read research-based resources that help us see the tech forest for the trees and provide up-to-date information that can be useful to us and to those we serve.

This one-hour overview focuses on the NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education edition, scheduled for release in February 2016, to explore how the key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in educational technology affect library staff and users alike—and prepare us to better function in our roles as trainer-teacher-learners.

Participants, by the time they leave the session, will:

• Be able to identify key trends, challenges, and technologies in learning environments over the next five years
• Be able to draw parallels between trends, challenges and technologies in libraries and other learning organizations
• Have at least three new resources to explore in their efforts to become more familiar and conversant with trends, challenges and technologies in training-teaching-learning


Original broadcast March 16, 2016

Paul Signorelli ~ Biography
Paul, co-author of Workplace Learning & Leadership with Lori Reed, served as director of staff training for the San Francisco Public Library system before becoming an independent writer-trainer-instructional designer-presenter-social media strategist-consultant. Much of his current work in training-teaching-learning focuses on effectively incorporating educational technology into the learning process without losing sight of the learners.

He is actively involved in designing and facilitating a variety of online and onsite learning opportunities; continues to incorporate Connected Learning and Flipped Classroom model practices into his work; and strives to create learning environments in which what is learned is quickly applied in learners’ worksites and communities.

He remains active on New Media Consortium Horizon Report advisory boards/expert panels, in the Association for Talent Development (ATD–formerly the American Society for Training & Development), and with the American Library Association; he also writes extensively to document and promote innovation and creativity in learning.