Top 10 Higher Ed Tech Trends

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From the Living in Digital Times website

While attending the Consumer Electronics Show last week, I attended an educational session in the HigherEd TECH track (part of the Living in Digital Times lifestyles group) that I wanted to share. Josh Fischman, the senior editor of science and technology at The Chronicle of Higher Education, gave us the Chronicle’s top 10 Ed Tech Trends for 2012.

Here they are, David Letterman style, from number 10 to number 1:

10. Cheating – Over 2,500 colleges use Turnitin to check for plagiarism. However, there is new software from the makers of Turnitin, called WriteCheck, which is sold to students so that they can check if their paper will show plagiarism in Turnitin. Does something seem wrong with this picture?

9. Badges and Games – Gamification is everywhere, including education. One example – MIT has an is using  OpenStudy, a company that runs online study groups, to give online badges to the most helpful students in discussion forums set up for the university’s OpenCourseWare project.

8. Community Colleges are getting connected. 

7. Cost Consciousness – With the recession, parents aren’t as willing to pay for all the fees, high textbook costs, etc.

6. Free, learning management systems and courseware are being offered as loss leaders. Software systems such as OpenClass and Blackboard are being offered to schools for free, because they can sell other services within the systems.

5. Mobile Devices – While they can be looked at as a distraction and a tool for cheating, they also can be a great tool for learning.

4. Adaptive Learning – Students will be able to learn at their own pace. Knewton, creator of adaptive learning software, teamed up with Pearson, textbook publisher, to create online reading, writing and math courses for incoming freshmen in remedial classes.

3. Blended Courses – Small liberal arts colleges, such as Bryn Mawr have begun using classes from Universities, such as the Carnegie Mellon Learning Initiative, to increase the courses their students have to choose from.

2. Credit at Traditional Colleges – Open courses at Universities online are now starting to give out certificates for class completion.

1. The Rise of the Non-Traditional College – Colleges such as the Khan Academy, University of the People and Western Governors University are all examples. They are all online schools and teach through videos, interactive textbooks and many other tools. 

For a very interesting book on the rise of non-traditional colleges and community colleges, I recommend Rebooting for the New Talent Economy by Andrew Rosen. 

Stay tuned for many more articles on both sessions and products for CES.

See also:
2012 Pew Internet Studies on Teens, Education and Online Behavior
Codecademy: Free Online Classes for Everyone
15 Educational Technology Blogs that Rock
Video Games in Education Slideshare
Google in Education Resources
Scrible Research Tool for Web and iPad

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