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The 2015 EDUCAUSE hit list

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

EDUCAUSE, the Washington DC-based non-profit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology (IT), has published its annual report, entitled The Top IT Issues Facing Higher Education in 2015. The report is based on research conducted by a panel of IT experts in both education and business in the US.

“We are seeing the gap widening between the forward-thinking early adopters and the growing number of institutions that cannot keep up with the pace of change,” said Susan Grajek, vice president of data, research and analytics at EDUCAUSE, in a press release.

EDUCAUSE has also listed the 2015 top 10 strategic technologies for education institutions. These include mobile app development, such as HTML5 and responsive design; the incorporation of mobile devices into teaching and learning; mobile data protection; and unified communications and collaboration.

Other key players have weighed in on what to watch for in 2015. Technology analysts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, headquartered in Washington, DC, and education analysts from Eduventures, based in Boston, Massachusetts, have urged those involved in education to expose students to 3D printing, augmented reality apps, software security design, competency-based direct assessment programmes and wearable ‘smart’ devices.

Perhaps the most profound new reality concerns “The internet of things”, says the Eduventures team. This will, in 2015, “morph into the internet of anything (IoA), a common software ‘ecosystem’ capable of accommodating any and all sensor inputs, system states, operating conditions and data contexts.”

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