Announcing the Illinois Emerging Tech Report


Introducing the Illinois Emerging Tech Report

Inspired by the annual Horizon Report published by the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE, the Illinois Emerging Tech Report collects examples of emerging technologies in use on the Champaign-Urbana campus, with an emphasis on teaching and learning technologies.

While Illinois has long been an innovator in learning technology, from Plato to i>clicker, and units, departments and colleges have celebrated their local successes, this Illinois Report is the first to focus exclusively on the University of Illinois, identifying and sharing our emerging teaching and learning technologies, practices and trends.

Get your copy!

The Illinois Emerging Technology Report is now available in eText format. It’s a free download to all University of Illinois Faculty, Staff, and Students!

To get yours, go to:

Upon successful transaction (again, it’s free), your access to the Illinois Emerging Technology Report will automatically activate and you can check it out at

Our emphasis is on local, campus examples.

The report focuses on local emerging technologies, especially those with teaching and learning applications. Illinois is already a leader in many emerging technologies such as 3D printing (Maker Lab), MOOC’s, gameful learning, and others.

One of the strengths of Illinois is its size and scope, and its endlessly surprising range of talented and creative approaches to teaching and research.  Given the breadth of our campus, we do not claim that our Illinois Report is comprehensive or exhaustive.  However, the initial five technologies and trends chosen for the 2015 report (MOOCs; Maker Movement; Teaching Wirelessly With Tablets; Learning Analytics; and the Physics IOLab Kit), all reflect a significant level of campus activity, expertise, creativity, and promise.  Indeed, we believe each of these emerging technologies and trends will see increased adoption and influence at Illinois in the coming years.  We hope you enjoy these stories and the innovators we’ve profiled.

Send us your tips.

Each semester we will be adding new stories to the Illinois Report, and we would like to hear from units and faculty who are innovating in their classrooms.  Please contact us at:


We would like to thank CITES and CITL leadership for supporting this effort.  Thanks especially to the very busy faculty and staff who gave their time and shared their experiences for our face-to-face and video interviews.

Thanks also to our dedicated Illinois Emerging Tech Report team of editors, authors, interviewers, and co-conspirators:   Robert Baird; Kate LaBore; Jamie Nelson; Amy Hovious; Jason Mock; Jim Witte; Naj Shaik; Ava Wolf; Jim Wentworth; Doug Mills; Alex Ibarra; and Andrew Wadsworth.

The outstanding video vignettes used for the Report are recorded, edited, and wonderfully enhanced by the CITES ATS Digital Media Team:  Drew MacGregor; Ed Glaser; Neil Feuerhelm; Susan Muirhead; Rick Langlois; and Brandon Jordan.

The eText version of our report, itself a technology of note on our campus, has been developed by eText founders and team:  Milind Basole; Yury Borukhovich; and Scott Durand.

Emerging Technology Information Sources:

All Things Digital:
Chronicle of Higher Education:
Education Dive
Mobile Tech Review:
New Media Consortium:
New York Times:
Wall Street Journal:

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