Trends and Research

Academic Technology Services performs a number of activities to identify and assess university, local, national, and global trends that affect teaching and learning. From participating in strategic planning groups to presenting at national conferences, to trying out technologies in the office as they emerge, we are tracking trends and assessing their potential impact.

Some trends we’re currently watching are:

  • Personalized learning: a modular approach to learning using many services and tools to create a flexible, innovative learning management environment that supports a holistic campus-life experience
  • Innovative learning environments: makerspaces, flexspaces, technology-enabled classroom spaces
  • Collaboration and communication using personal clouds and unified communication products
  • Mobile learning used inside and outside the classroom
  • Learning analytics: the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understand and optimizing learning and the environment in which it occurs
  • Open educational resources and smart repositories
  • Other emerging technologies: wearable technology; 3-D scanning, printing, and modeling; immersive virtual and augmented reality; internet of things; machine learning/smart machines; digital mesh; ambient user experience
  • Geolocation, geofencing, and iBeacons:  How can they be used in education?
  • Open and collaborative learning environments: providing the ability to collaborate virtually with other universities, experiential learning experiences, and connect globally with experts.

Watch Stephanie Trowbridge, Director of Academic Technology Services, give the Academic Technology Services Horizon Report March 17, 2015.

As trends become more solidified and if we see a potential beneficial impact at the university, we may continue to do research and eventually begin a pilot or project to assess whether the trend or technology might be useful at scale at the university.