TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
The Internet of Things may seem like a futuristic technology, but some education experts predict IoT-enabled learning will arrive sooner rather than later. In fact, a 2016 survey from Extreme Networks found that 46 percent of K–12 and higher ed IT managers think the technology will have a major impact on education within the next two years. Already, innovative colleges and universities turn to connected devices to control and monitor heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, improve campus security via IP cameras and monitor student health using smartwatches. Extreme Networks survey respondents foresee a future in which IoT technologies also improve student engagement, support mobile learning and enable personalized education, among other benefits. While those possibilities could tempt more institutions to experiment with IoT, higher ed IT leaders must first take steps to prepare for the fully connected world of tomorrow.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors make bad choices about where — or whether — to go to college. Some who would excel at top-ranked institutions opt for second-tier institutions. And more than 200,000 students who have been accepted by colleges never enroll.
The good news is that, for students in both groups, a dollop of information or a helpful nudge can change their decisions.
Many high achievers from poor families don’t even consider elite schools. Scared off by the sticker price, they enroll at community colleges and less selective institutions instead. That is one reason 72 percent of students at the most competitive universities come from families in the top quarter of the income bracket, while students from families in the bottom quarter make up only 3 percent.
In the present exam-driven world of education, whenever a new technology emerges people want to know how it can be used to make kids get better marks, how it can speed up teaching and cut the cost of learning, and could it be used to replace teachers altogether?These are all the wrong questions. Young people are not widgets and learning is not an industrial process. Applying business productivity and efficiency models misses the real opportunity.