To Ruben Puentedura and Cyprien Lomas, it is time to give higher education a report card.
Horizon reports navigate current trends and challenges in large industries, including K-12 and libraries. For higher education, these reports predict which trends and challenges wait for colleges in the years to come.
Puentedura presented on the key trends that are driving education technology adoption in higher education.
He says that colleges tend to gravitate toward the technology side of the report, and overlook the rest.
“Sometimes people focus on the technology, but don’t look at the challenges,” says Puentedura, President of Hippasus. “Things are shifting this year.”
During the presentation, Puentedura said that these key trends will take off at different speeds, with some taking effect in one to two years, while others will take three to five years.
These trends will include:
1-2 years: Growing ubiquity of social media, integration of online, hybrid, collaborative learning
“Students don’t like to have their social media taken away,” Puentedura says. Plus, with learning methods like hybrid learning, “the trend is already there. It’s how you respond to it.”
3-5 years: Rise of data driven learning, assessment shifting from students as consumers to students as creators.
“Students don’t want traditional, exam-drive courses,” Puentedura says. “They want a participatory culture. They want to make things. If you learn it, you will satisfy your students and engage them differently.”
5 + years: Agile approaches to change evolution of online learning.
“There are lots of interesting ideas in blended learning,” Puentedura says. “We’re seeing evolution in online learning. How are you thinking of addressing this in your institution?”
While the driving trends in technology seem to give higher education an easy A, Puentedura says that colleges and universities face three grades of challenges: solvable, difficult, and wicked.
According to the horizon report, solvable problems are problems that are understandable, and may require little money and effort to solve.