Modern technology has revolutionised practically every industry, yet higher education has managed to preserve its traditional structure from centuries ago.
Transformation is, however, starting to take place with a system in which students are at the centre of their learning and will be able to show progress through dynamic online platforms. Moreover, technology is enabling education outside of high school as a lifelong journey of acquiring new skills and knowledge.
According to research from Gartner Inc., higher education institutions globally are expected to increase technology spend this year. Furthermore, Gartner Inc. recommends the following innovative technologies will increasingly be seen in the higher education sector:
1. Adaptive Learning
Adaptive learning uses technology as teaching devices, and changes the way content is presented to students based on unique needs.
2. Predictive Analytics
Predictive analytics use various data sources to predict future outcomes. Although regarded by tertiary education leaders as key to student success, few higher education analytics tools effectively implement predictive analytics.
Customer relationship (CRM) technologies can be used to aid every stage of the student life cycle — from recruitment to continuing education.
An exostructure strategy allows institutions to leverage services from the cloud, rather than having to bring them onto campus. Gartner sees exostructure, not infrastructure, as the future.
5. Open Microcredentials
Microcredentials have been in digital social and learning environments for a time. The problem is that achievements outside of these environments can’t be displayed and education institutions consider open micro credentials a solution.
6. Digital Assessment
Digital assessment uses digital technologies to create, administer, report and manage tests and examinations.
7. Smart Machines
Smart machines have the potential to take adaptive learning and analytics, for example, to a new level that approaches algorithmic education.
8. OER Ecosystem
Open educational resource (OER) ecosystems refer to freely available content and media, and include tools and services to improve open content.
9. Listening and Sensing Technology
Listening and sensing technologies are virtual capabilities such as tweets to technologies that operate in the Internet of Things (IoT).
10. Collaboration Technology
Collaboration technology is not a new trend and makes research, education and outreach effectiveness possible.
For institutions to prosper in the competitive education ecosystem, they must adapt and make changes that will enable them to be well-prepared for the technological revolution in education.