A 2020 reading Gartner’s Hype Cycle article from 2016 gives us the opportunity to evaluate its predictions and assessment of breakthrough technology. Three technology spheres are highlighted, all seem to have lived up to their hype. The perceptual smart machine age has given us virtual personal assistants like Alexa, which seem to have creeped into more and more homes. The platform revolution has given us blockchain and bitcoin. Transparently immersive experiences have brought us the connected home with its smart fridge and remote security.
Whether or not the learning community is utilizing this technology is worthy of study. If not, why not? Why are older passive PC-based technologies the norm in 2020? I am writing this on WordPress, connecting with my cohort via Moodle: older layered platforms on traditional technology. If we are to embrace the possibility and opportunity of technology in learning, what are we waiting for? Mark Childs states “The experience of many people working in higher education now is that it’s not just venture capitalists and pundits who needed to predict the next new technology in 2009; it’s academics and support staff too (if they happen to be working in the field of the use of technology in education). (2019)” What do we, as the MALAT 2021 cohort need to do to break through this a technological morass? We are presented with the status quo. It’s up to us to change it.
Cormier, D., et al. (2019). Ten Years of the Postdigital in the 52group: Reflections and Developments 2009–2019. Postdigital Science and Education 1(2). Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333855012_Ten_Years_of_the_Postdigital_in_the_52group_Reflections_and_Developments_2009-2019/citation/download
Gartner. (2016, August 16). Gartner’s 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Identifies Three Key Trends that Organizations Must Track to Gain Competitive Advantage. [Press Release]