By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
WCET is the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, under the umbrella of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), which is a partnership of 16 states and territories in the western U.S. WCET recently commented on edTech trends and developments during 2015:
“In 2015, trends in edtech included more emphasis on open educational resources, less hype around data analytics, and a nail in the MOOC coffin. Informal and formal blended learning models, including competency-based education, continued to grow. Adaptive learning emerged as a compelling business model for edtech companies and a strategy for increasing student success and completion at institutions. IoT, the Internet of Things made its way into lexicon of higher education, despite no real strategies for managing IoT in higher ed. What edtech trends and issues will impact WCET members in 2016?”
So WCET noted that in 2015 major trends included:
- Increased emphasis on OER
- Decreased hype on data analytics
- Blended learning models continued to grow
- Increased emphasis on adaptive learning (computer-assisted learning)
- IoT (Internet of Things) starting to become an issue
It’s useful to look at the trends they have identified in higher education, because these can often foreshadow developments in K-12 education down the road.
Thus for 2016 in the K-12 arena, we would expect to see continued increased emphasis on Open Educational Resources (OER) and on blending learning models. And we may start to see conversations around Internet of Things (IoT) as tools for augmented learning, along with the already significant mLearning and adaptive learning growth – learning with the use of mobile devices and computers.
Curriki’s OER library, containing tens of thousands of resources, is well placed to provide materials in support of blending learning models, mobile learning, and adaptive learning. These are in the cloud and available 24×7. There is no doubt that OER is growing rapidly. Here’s the Federal government’s view:
“The Federal government is supporting the use of open educational resources to provide equitable access to quality education.” – White House blog site
What do you see as major trends for 2016? Please share your comments.