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Forces & Trends Shaping Higher Ed in 2016


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A closer look at some of the trends closing 2015 and opening 2016 that are shaping the conversations and thinking around higher ed. Presented during the ELI 2016 Annual Meeting Pre-conference Workshop, "Powering the Innovation Engine" held in San Antonio, Texas (2/2/16)

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Forces & Trends Shaping Higher Ed in 2016

  1. 1. Forces & Trends A Simple Meta-analysis for 2016
  2. 2. Note terms & phrases (buzzwords) that 
 relate to possible learning futures
  3. 3. See sources in credits at end
  4. 4. NMC Horizon 2016 ECAR Strategic Techs Gartner Top 10 Business Trends Gartner Top 10 Strategic Techs 9 EdTech Trends (Campus Tech) Audrey Watters Blended learning designs BI/Reporting dashboards Student success Adaptive learning Makerspaces Beyond the MOOC Measuring learning Mobile app development Competency-based education Predictive analytics Competency-based education Credits & credentialing Deeper learning approaches Mobile apps for enterprise apps Reinventing credits CRM Virtual Reality The Compulsion for Data Redesigning learning spaces Admin/business analytics Analytics everywhere Exostructure Data analytics & machine learning Indie EdTech Rethinking how institutions work Wireless networking Institutional branding Open microcredentials Accessibility The Politics of EdTech Advancing cultures of innovation IDM/access solutions Breaking boundaries Digital assessment Mobile First Standardized Testing Mobile devices in T&L Rethinking business models Smart machines Wearables The Employability Narrative BYOD Mobile data protection Increasing political intervention OER ecosystem Video The Collapse of For- Profit Education (or Not)Learning analytics & adaptive learning Unified comms & collabs Innovative learning spaces Listening & sensing technology Wireless infrastructure Social Media, Campus Activism, & Free SpeechAugmented & Virtual Reality Mobile apps for T&L E-research Collaboration technology The Business of EdTech Makerspaces Affective computing Robotics I started to play with the lists…
  5. 5. Then tried to group them…
  6. 6. And did a word cloud to see what jumped out.
  7. 7. Higher Ed Assumptions Mobile Everywhere Data& Measurement The Big 3
  8. 8. 1. Higher Ed Assumptions & Processes
  9. 9. What is a degree worth?
  10. 10. This is a question about VALUE.
  11. 11. Employability Access Brand Post-MOOC Narratives
  12. 12. “Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education…” Credentials to advance your career, built & recognized 
 by industry leaders Get your nano-degrees, certificates & specializations
  13. 13. Get a MicroMaster’s for graduate study
  14. 14. Professionals seek programs where they can get credit for their work experience, customize their education (and $$).
  15. 15. Undergraduates are often taking similar 
 (or the same courses) as graduate students. 
 Shouldn’t they also have flexibility, options, & choice?
  16. 16. What is a credit worth?
  17. 17. What are the new models? 1.27.16 Vox 2.1.16 Chronicle
  18. 18. Everything is 
 in question as we strive to reimagine & rethink our institutions to create a culture of innovation.
  19. 19. 2. Data & Measurement
  20. 20. If your value is in question then evidence is the answer. This is all about ACCOUNTABILITY.
  21. 21. We really do love data… Results from google image search: “We love data”
  22. 22. We measure our own data: number of steps, heart rate & calorie intake. We love data!
  23. 23. We have all kinds of analytics: web analytics, business analytics, academic analytics, learning analytics, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics. Analytics are seemingly limitless!
  24. 24. We have intelligent tutors, smart machines, adaptive courseware & machine learning. These are fairly common terms with definitions not commonly understood as yet.
  25. 25. Online testing is almost banal. This common practice (“digital assessment”) is another source of data to be collected, measured, benchmarked, & added to the mix.
  26. 26. Student Success All of this measurement is made in the name of increased
  27. 27. Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. - Albert Einstein Privacy . Security . Policies “ ” • Are we measuring what we think we are? • Does it actually help us make useful academic interventions? • Who owns the data and how long do we keep it? • What assumptions are the algorithms based upon? • Lots of opportunities to learn, engage, do research, be present
  28. 28. 3. Mobile Everywhere
  29. 29. 3. Mobile Everywhere Mobile is not new but the expectations for infrastructure, security, T&L, research, banking, etc. means we want data flowing literally everywhere - even at 30,000 feet above the Earth! This has propelled mobile to a 2016 IT priority.
  30. 30. ECAR 2015 Student Technology Survey
  31. 31. mLearning BYOD Personal clouds “Always on” access Network awareness
  32. 32. We want unified communications & collaboration tools
  33. 33. Privacy . Security . Policies Access has become the air that we breathe.
  34. 34. Summary
  35. 35. These are exciting times! We find ourselves on a rollercoaster. The dips, the thrills, the speed can all be invigorating and frightening. We are all in it together & can build the future we desire though thoughtful, collective intentionality. We have agency. Let’s use it!
  36. 36. What terms, phrases, buzzwords did you note?
  37. 37. What will students expect of their educational system? See our ELI 2016 workshop notes (“Powering the Innovation Engine”) for great ideas participants generated!
  38. 38. Sources & Credits ECAR • Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2015 • Trend Watch 2015: Influential IT Directions in Higher Education NMC 2016 Horizon Report for Higher Education Gartner: • Top 10 Strategic Technologies Impacting Higher Education in 2016 • Top 10 Business Trends Impacting Higher Education in 2016 Campus Technology: 9 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2016 Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015 by Audrey Watters Slide 3 Slide 5,7
  39. 39. Slide 14,15 Slide 18 Slide 36 Slide 34 research-studies
  40. 40. Thank you!