Ed Tech Trends & Predictions for 2017

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Want to know what to watch for and just what’s oned tech 2017 the horizon for ed tech in 2017? Education Dive recently interviewed 4 CIOs asking for their predictions concerning ed tech for 2017. While eCampus News got trends from 14 higher ed professionals. Learn what they have to say and stick around to hear our team predictions later this week on Thursday.

Dr. Melissa Woo, VP for IT & CIO at Stonybrook University sees a continued trend of focusing on predictive analytics to improve student success, concerns over cybersecurity, and increased investment in assessment technologies. Her last prediction was of particular interest to us since we are an assessment technology.

David Hinson, Exec VP, COO & CIO at Drury University sees a real concern for schools who cannot keep up the pace when funding technologies. Schools who can’t or won’t invest in the latest technologies will suffer from lower enrollments. He goes on to describe the need to “renormalize” or get creative with budget approaches, re-evaluating uses of current technology, and changing up the model of deploying new ed tech wordletechnologies.

Raechelle Clemmons, CIO at Davidson College shares her thoughts on virtual and augmented reality as it relates to technology and education. While Dr. Michael Berman, VP for Tech & Communications & CIO at Cal State University Channel Islands, acknowledges that privacy and surveillance fears are of growing concern and will have to be addressed more aggressively to avoid security breeches and increase overall trust with students. Like Dr. Woo, he sees student retention and completion tools as even more mainstream and connected more closely with IT efforts at schools.

eCampus News reported 14 trends from higher ed professionals including Lisa Malat, Barnes & Noble College who believes their will be a continued rise in non-traditional students. Adam Newman, Tyton Partners, believes that higher ed will continue to be reimagined as disruptive technology will drive innovation to improve and change the learner’s experience. Other trends include “bridging the gap between education and occupation”, “expansion of artificial intelligence through enterprise apps”, recognizing and “embracing the relationship between data & human intelligence” among a host of others.

Come back on Thursday and “hear” what our team members see in their crystal ball for 2017!

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