The rate in which higher education institutions are implementing new technology is not keeping pace with the new tech that’s being introduced. The way the world works and learns is evolving, and technology is evolving right along with it. However, according to the American Council on Education (ACE), only 12% of over 1,500 college presidents surveyed said that institutional use of informational technology was important. There have been significant advancements towards the use of artificial intelligence, blockchain, and digital credentials in the classroom (and beyond), but what’s next for the world of ed tech, and how can your institution adapt to the changes?
Here are three tech trends that have the power to transform higher education:
- Augmented Reality. Augmented reality has the power to bring the world to the classroom, without the financial barriers that come with travel and cultural integration. Imagine being able to immerse your students in a landscape or culture that was once only available in a textbook, without having to leave the classroom. It’s possible with augmented reality tools. The use of AR tools also familiarizes students with evolving technology, information that can become critical in the emerging world of work.
- Blockchain. Gone are the days of paper certificates being enough to validate skill and competency. The world lives online and as the future of work shifts to tech-focused careers, the need for secure, validated achievements must shift right along with it. By putting earned credentials, degrees, and achievements onto the blockchain where they can be validated instantly and independently without the need to contact the registrar's office. This gives students have the power to own their skills and monetize their knowledge long after graduation.
- Data Integration. Higher education institutions are swimming in data that has the power to influence every aspect of campus life but the data often live in legacy systems that can’t communicate with each other effectively. There’s a better way to surface that data and make informed decisions about hiring staff, recruiting students, and making sound financial decisions that benefit the entire institution.
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