How blockchain, virtual assistants and AI are changing higher ed

educationdive | April 25, 2019

How blockchain, virtual assistants and AI are changing higher ed
In the coming years, advanced technologies like mixed reality, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and virtual assistants could play a bigger role at colleges and universities, according to a new report from Educause, a nonprofit focused on IT's role in higher ed.The 2019 Horizon Report, based on a panel of higher ed experts, zeroes in on trends, challenges and developments in educational technology. Challenges range from the "solvable," such as improving digital fluency and increasing demand for digital learning experiences, to the "wicked." The latter includes rethinking teaching and advancing digital equity.The panel contemplated blockchain's use in higher ed for the first time in the 2019 report. Specifically, the authors looked at its potential for creating alternative forms of academic records that "could follow students from one institution to another, serving as verifiable evidence of learning and enabling simpler transfer of credits across institutions."

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In recent years, there has been widespread excitement around the transformative potential of technology in education. In the United States alone, spending on education technology has exceeded $13 billion.1 Programs and policies to promote the use of education technology (or “ed tech”)—including hardware distribution, educational software, text message campaigns, online courses, and more—may expand access to quality education, support students’ learning in innovative ways, and help families navigate complex school systems.

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