• Lauren Koski

2017’s Top 10 Technology Trends and Challenges in Higher Education

In today’s technology-saturated world, we’re constantly expected to learn how to use and apply new innovations in nearly every part of our lives. For educators, administrators and other leaders in higher education, implementing and adopting new technology to advance teaching and learning is more critical than ever.

To help inform institutional technology-planning, the New Media Consortium (NMC) established the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project that explores emerging technology trends. Their reports are an excellent reference and planning guide for leaders in the respective fields they cover; Higher Ed is no exception.

The 2017 Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report represents a collaborative effort between NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. It’s a comprehensive report that captures trends, challenges, and developments. Here are the highlights:

  1. Advancing progressive learning requires an institutional culture that supports fresh idea exchange, identifies successful models, rewards teaching innovation, and centers around student success.

  2. Students must engage in active learning experiences with skills-based training that integrates technology in order to bolster employability and workplace development.

  3. Collaboration, which can include communities of practice, multidisciplinary leadership groups, and social networks, is necessary to scale effective solutions.

  4. Inequality, with regard to technology and internet access, continues to hamper college completion for certain student groups.

  5. Institutional decision-making and personalization of student learning experiences are being driven by adaptive technology and a focus on measuring learning. Processes for evaluating the acquisition of vocational skills, competencies, creativity, and critical thinking is the next step.

  6. Isolated technology skills aren’t enough anymore. Training must extend toward development of a deep understanding of digital environments.

  7. Institutions lacking robust strategies for integrating and tracking online, mobile, and blended learning approaches will not survive.

  8. Learning ecosystems (tools and platforms like LMS) must be agile enough to enable educators to remix content and educational apps over time.

  9. Higher education is an incubator for developing more intuitive computers, including machine learning algorithms and haptic devices responsive to human interaction.

  10. Institutions must prioritize and recognize ongoing learning - formal and informal - for faculty, staff, and students.

To learn more about the trends, challenges and developments identified, download the full report here.

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