Below, you'll find the 2016 EdTech predictions for higher ed from Kaltura's VP of global education - Justin Beck.
Being able to easily access and export data from ‘open’ learning tools will no longer be a nice to have but a requirement for all those in the ed tech ecosystem. The days of closed silos are gone. Institutions, providers and students all have a vested interest in getting access to as much useful data as possible. With the launch of the IMS Caliper standard, all players will be expected to expose their caliper events to smart analytics systems that produce actionable insights.
2 | The analytics tools shake-out
The term ‘analytics’ will come under greater scrutiny as actionable analytics move center stage. Many tech providers claim to offer analytics tools but very few of these help institutions improve outcomes, retention, and engagement. Actionable analytics are where the real value lies.
3 | Mergers and Acquisitions between institutions
M&As in the ed tech space are pretty routine and now it’s the turn of our educational institutions. The Georgia Board of Regents, for example, has already merged a few institutions. The efficiencies that can be gained by collapsing K12 districts - or even institutions of higher education – are becoming more compelling.
4 | "Open" Lecture Capture solutions will gain in popularity
The old school, locked box approach to Lecture Capture is making way for a new generation of systems thanks to the advent of the IMS Open Video standard. These new ‘open’ Lecture Capture solutions run on more affordable commodity hardware, making it possible for institutions to deploy them in many more rooms (both traditional and online).
5 | Higher Ed Tech will cascade down to K12
Pioneers in the K12 space will expand their adoption of technologies traditionally associated with higher ed institutions and will continue to embrace Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models. This includes education video platforms that help with student engagement, video delivery and management needs.