Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 7: Sustainability

“Flipped” and adaptive learning programs gained traction on campus. A high-profile internet hoax involving a college athlete propelled the term “catfishing” into the public consciousness. MOOCs hit some key stumbling blocks, while the notion of a college degree became more fluid.


These were some of the key ed-tech developments affecting colleges and universities in the past year—and we’ve got a full recap for you right here.

In this special all-digital publication, the editors of eCampus News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant higher-education technology stories of 2013.

To learn how these stories have made an impact on colleges and universities this year—and how they’ll continue to shape higher education in 2014 and beyond—read on.

7. Technology plays a key role in saving colleges money—while boosting sustainability.

Campus budgets for instructional technology and other IT costs have taken a hit in recent years, and regardless of how much money is available for these items, campus technology leaders are always looking for ways to stretch their ed-tech dollars and get the best possible value for their investment.

Fortunately, technology is playing a key role in saving schools money—while also supporting campus sustainability initiatives.

For instance, seven years into a system-wide sustainability initiative, Arizona State University is on track to become completely carbon neutral by the year 2025. And it’s not just the campus environment that’s being saved—the university has reduced operating costs by $2 million a year by using more efficient printing technology from Canon.

eCampus News Staff