This year’s top issues in education technology reflect the bigger picture of a student’s pathway from individual course all the way to graduation and career.
Education technology goes beyond the classroom. Increasingly, the tech that supports teaching and learning must factor in the bigger picture of a student’s entire pathway through college, from individual course all the way to graduation and handoff to a career. So when we talked to three higher education and technology leaders about the ed tech trends to watch this year, their responses reflected that broader view of what’s important for today’s students. From extended reality to predictive analytics and industry partnerships, here’s what they told us about today’s top issues in ed tech.
1) Workforce Readiness
Bridget Burns: I expect to see more colleges think about how data and technology can help to address the “communications gap” we face in the transition from college to careers. We need useful and effective solutions to help support colleges in their quest to communicate what their graduates know and can do. In an era of LinkedIn profiles and digital credentials, the analog transcript is a woefully insufficient way to translate educational experiences into searchable workplace skills. I expect we’ll see more institutions tap technologies like digital badges or even virtual internships to bridge the gap.