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10 higher education buzzwords and phrases

By Meris Stansbury, Managing Editor, @eSN_Meris
November 17th, 2015

If you still think MOOC is a buzzword, you couldn’t be more wrong. Here are the higher education buzzwords and phrases that some like to call “edubabble.”

higher-education-buzzwordsFor those critics who say education moves at a snail’s pace, they’re wrong…at least when it comes to terminology—and technology-based terminology, especially. From buzzwords to phrases higher-ed speakers and leaders love to use, it seems there’s a whole new vocabulary—that some call “edubabble”—developed every couple of years.

(Case in point: Look at our somewhat outdated buzzword list from just two years ago: http://ecampusnews.eschoolmedia.com/technologies/buzzwords-technology-311/)

What’s interesting to note in these higher education buzzwords and phrases of 2015 is that many are either directly technology-related or are based on new technology functionalities. And while online learning, lifelong learner, data-driven, adaptive and the like are still in use today, we hope you enjoy this updated list that focuses more on up-and-coming trends-based words and phrases, often collected at national conferences and one-to-one interviews.

Can you think of any buzz words or phrases that didn’t make the list? Do you have a favorite one you love to hate? Or perhaps one you hate but can’t stop yourself from using? Leave your comments in the section below or email me at mstansbury@ecampusnews.com.

(Listed in alphabetical order)

1.Between Four Walls: A security phrase that’s slowly going up the popularity ladder, “between four walls” means the antiquated way of looking at an institution’s data security. From student data to research data, moving to cloud platforms and online networks means security can no longer be thought of as managing security between four walls. Instead, security should be comprehensive, yet allow institutional ease-of-access accomplished through a layered approach.

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