Opportunity Horizon

Purpose

Expert market predictions are a lot like fast foods – there’s an unaccountable appetite for them relative to their questionable nutritional value.   Given there’s no apparently healthy way to taste the future, are they better than nothing? Each of the reports in the Market Projections Forum attempts to look at the future through a specific lens, hopefully to provide useful future-planning guidance for a defined audience (not necessarily educators per se).  The purpose of this activity is for you to refresh our list or projections and provide a professional critique of these various crystal balls, specifically for their usefulness and value to those who care about learning technologies.

Please note that many of these Market Projections have already been Rated and Reviewed by earlier 522 sections.  Your additional content curation will serve to refine and refresh their work.

Instructions

A.  Sourcing New Market Projections: Go forth into the great digital world to discover an important new resource for our Market Projects Forum. It should be a source of trends, emerging markets, or futures prediction related to education that we don’t currently list, then Post it as a new Market Projection in roughly the same format as the others.  Use whatever research strategy you can.  In your Post describe why you think it is valuable to education professionals and EVAs everywhere. Don’t Post any source you can’t professionally endorse, considering its credibility, objectivity, accessibility (e.g. no sources that aren’t freely available) and currency.  Also, if your source describes an emerging market segment that you feel is not represented in our Emerging Markets Poll, and should be, please Post this new topic there following the same format as the others. Finally, don’t worry if you can’t find a new source substantial enough to post; simply move on to step B and C if not.  If you do contribute a new source, you are welcome to skip steps B & C if you wish.

B.  Rating & Review:  Select one (1) of the projections and analyse it in sufficient detail to author a concise critical Rating and Review focusing on the following general criteria:

  • how, and how much, is it useful and valuable to the the broader community of educators, as well as learning technologies specialists and venturers?
  • do you expect to seek out future versions of this report to help drive your own professional success, and also to recommend it to others in this regard?

C.  Recommendations:  Near as possible to the end of Week 2, return to the projection you reviewed and recommend (thumbs up) the single review (including all reviews) you found most helpful, insightful and valuable (and yes, if with your best objectivity the most valuable review is your own, you may recommend it).

Deadline

All sources, critiques and responses should be posted by the end of week 2.  In order for your own critique to be responded to, it would be best to post it a few days ahead of the deadline if possible.