The latest higher-ed tech developments

Catch up on the most compelling higher-ed news stories you may have missed this week

Every Friday, I’ll recap some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week.

I can’t fit all of this week’s news stories here, though, so feel free to visit and read up on other news you may have missed.

This week’s news is all about the latest technologies to impact higher education. At InfoComm, tech companies from around the world gathered to showcase tech solutions for every department. New advances in recognition technology could have a really positive impact on active learning, and Israel hosts its first-ever ed-tech summit.

Read on for more:

30 technologies ushering in the future for education
If the bright lights and casino bling of Las Vegas weren’t enough to dazzle conference-goers from around the world, the awe-inspiring displays of futuristic technology littering the Infocomm 2016 show floor certainly were, such as Epson’s trippy Infinity Room and LG’s mind-bending OLED curved tiling display.

How recognition technology could change instruction
A Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) assistant professor is using voice recognition technology that analyzes talk patterns to better inform instructors about what’s happening in their classrooms. The voice recognition technology used in the in classrooms will help teachers gain insights about what students are learning and if they are collaborating and analyzing concepts.

Rising ICT investments will boost global higher-ed markets
According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the global higher education financial and HRM software market is expected to reach USD 3.69 billion by 2020. In this report, Technavio covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global higher education financial and human resources management market in higher education market for 2016-2020.

First-ever Israel EdTech Summit brings a global reach
The first-ever Israel EdTech Summit has just wrapped, bringing together a decidedly global group of educators, startup founders, and other critical stakeholders to discuss innovations in the future of ed-tech. The event, held June 8-9, took place at the Tel Aviv Cultural Center.


Why do women leave engineering?

Study: Group dynamics of teamwork and internships deter many women in the profession

Women who go to college intending to become engineers stay in the profession less often than men. Why is this? While multiple reasons have been offered in the past, a new study co-authored by an MIT sociologist develops a novel explanation: The negative group dynamics women tend to experience during team-based work projects makes the profession less appealing.

More specifically, the study finds, women often feel marginalized, especially during internships, other summer work opportunities, or team-based educational activities. In those situations, gender dynamics seem to generate more opportunities for men to work on the most challenging problems, while women tend to be assigned routine tasks or simple managerial duties.

In such settings, “It turns out gender makes a big difference,” says Susan Silbey, the Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology, and Anthropology at MIT, and co-author of a newly-published paper detailing the study.

As a result of their experiences at these moments, women who have developed high expectations for their profession — expecting to make a positive social impact as engineers — can become disillusioned with their career prospects.

“It’s a cultural phenomenon,” adds Silbey, regarding the way this group-dynamics problem crops up at a variety of key points during students’ training.

Next page: The discrepancy between women’s undergraduate engineering degrees and the workforce


Whoa: Stunning data on class of 2015 employment

New report shows majority of 2015 class are employed; especially for those in one specific area of study.

In the echoes of poor employment rates upon graduation that have spurred colleges and universities to reimagine and reinvest how they help their graduates enter into a career, a new report on the class of 2015 may just signal the light at the end of a turbulent storm.

According to a new report released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a majority of the class of 2015 are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation, far outpacing 2014’s graduates.

The report, Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey, based on a national survey of 279 colleges and universities nation-wide (representing nearly half a million graduates), aims to provide clear, concise and consistent data on the outcomes associated with a college education on a national scale. Data included that of 2015 graduates that had an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

Overall, data was reported for nearly 244,000 bachelor’s degree graduates in 34 broad disciplines and 185 majors, making this study the most comprehensive view of bachelor’s degree outcomes available, said NACE in a press release.

The class of 2015 report also revealed another finding—one that could be surmised from a science boom and push throughout the U.S., but finally has concrete backing: Graduates studying the computer sciences enjoyed the highest full-time employment rate at 76 percent.

However, employment rates for Engineering dropped compared to the class of 2014 (see page 2).

“The second annual First-Destination Survey provides an early look at the future of America’s workforce and the future is bright for the Class of 2015,” said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director, in a statement. “We are glad to include even more graduates in the survey this year. The outcomes for individual classes are important, but the survey will continue to reveal meaningful trends over time, which will be especially significant for public policy makers, business and industry leaders, the higher education community, and all those focused on the value of higher education and a competitive and innovative U.S. labor force.”

(Next page: 6 more stunning facts on the class of 2015’s employment) 


Global classroom wearables technology to grow

New report outlines how the wearables market is set to grow through 2020

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Classroom Wearables Technology Market 2016-2020” report to their offering.

The report forecasts the global classroom wearables technology market to grow at a CAGR of 36.57 percent during the period 2016-2020.

To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from sales of classroom wearables technology devices such as smart glasses, smart watches, fitness trackers, wearable cameras and VR head gears.

The product segments considered to determine revenue generated are the following:

  • Wrist-worn equipment
  • Head gear
  • Other accessories

A key growth driver is improved student engagement. With the rise in digitalization in education, schools and institutions have adopted digital tools and gadgets such as tablets and e-learning modules to enhance student engagement. The adoption of wearable technology has improved the engagement in ways that were previously not possible. Google Glass enables students to not only create first-person videos but also engage in unique point-of-view experiences. VR devices such as Oculus Rift allows students to engage in experiential learning by being transported to virtual 3-D worlds.

These devices help students to easily learn foreign languages and create an AR environment to travel to various locations.

Features, including scanning of granular details such as map locations, are extremely beneficial to teach and learn topics. As a result, many educational institutions catering to the K-12 and higher education segments have started investing resources in procuring good quality wearable devices.

Further, the report states that one challenge that will likely restrict market growth is the lack of data privacy and security.

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Rising ICT investments will boost global higher-ed markets

Financial and HRM software market should grow until 2020, says Technavio

According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the global higher education financial and HRM software market is expected to reach USD 3.69 billion by 2020.

In this report, Technavio covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global higher education financial and human resources management market in higher education market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, Technavio researchers have considered the revenue generated from licenses, maintenance, implementation, and subscriptions of financial and HRM software to the higher education segment.

“Technological innovations and globalization are radically changing the landscape of the higher education market. With economic empowerment and mobility, emerging economies such as China, India, and Brazil will observe tremendous increase in the number of students pursuing higher education in domestic and international institutions,” said Jhansi Mary, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for education technology research.

“It is expected that around 414 million students will demand higher education in 2030. In order to attain a competitive advantage, higher education institutions will focus on improving their quality standards by offering relevant courses and incorporating emerging online and classroom-based learning modes, software, and hardware. Increased emphasis on recruiting qualified staff for teaching and administrative activities will also gain significant traction during the forecast period,” added Jhansi.

Global higher education financial and HRM software market by geography 2015 (%)

North America 46.40%
Europe 25.58%
APAC 20.01%
ROW 8.01%
Source: Technavio research

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Higher education financial and HRM software market in North America

The higher education financial and HRM software market in North America was valued at USD 830 million in 2015. The international mobility of students is a significant factor contributing to the growth of the higher education market in the US. It is estimated that Indian students contributed over USD 3.3 billion to the US economy in 2014.

The US Department of Education administers USD 2 billion annually in grants for improving higher education institutions and promoting college readiness. Increase in student enrollments in higher education calls for optimization in the use of funds to efficiently manage finance as well as human capital in institutions. Thus, institutions are allocating a significant proportion of their budgets to purchase financial and HRM software solutions, which can help in the optimum use of resources.

Higher education financial and HRM software market in Europe

The higher education financial and HRM software market in Europe was valued at USD 457.5 million in 2015. The higher education market in Western European countries such as the UK, Germany, France, and Spain have been observing the strongest growth related to the adoption of financial and HRM software solutions. Thanks to technological improvements in Western Europe, a significant number of colleges and universities in the region possess the ICT infrastructure necessary to successfully implement these solutions. The Eastern European region will likely follow this trend and witness significant investments in its IT infrastructure and a shift from traditional to technologically advanced paradigms of education during the forecast period.

Higher education financial and HRM software market in APAC

The higher education financial and HRM software market in APAC was valued at USD 357.9 million in 2015. APAC accounted for a market share of 20.01% in 2015 and will likely experience the fastest growth during the forecast period. The higher education financial and HRM software market in APAC is anticipated to grow due to an upswing in IT spending in the higher education segment. Unlike developed regions, incorporation of educational technology in APAC is in its nascent stage. However, it is expected to increase on account of growing focus on innovative learning methodologies such as personalized learning and collaborative education in higher education.


How recognition technology could change instruction

A university team is analyzing how data from voice and facial recognition technology could help instructors incorporate active learning.

A Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) assistant professor is using voice recognition technology that analyzes talk patterns to better inform instructors about what’s happening in their classrooms.

The voice recognition technology used in the classrooms will help teachers gain insights about what students are learning and if they are collaborating and analyzing concepts, said Amy Ogan, assistant professor of human-computer interaction in CMU’s School of Computer Science.

Right now, the technology is focused on the sounds that occur in a classroom. It detects who is talking, when, where, and for how long–all the features of talk data, Ogan said.

In giving this technology to instructors, the goal is “to give faculty an understanding of who is speaking, where, when, and how, so they can incorporate more active learning into the classroom,” Ogan said.

Teachers receive a dashboard that displays data about classroom activity, which helps determine how their actions are impacting student outcomes. The dashboard displays different lights, such as red and green lights, that correspond to how teachers might want to change or continue their teaching approach.

(Next page: How the dashboard and data guide instructors)


30 technologies ushering in the future for education

AV technologies leap forward in agnostic touch capabilities, live streaming during this year’s flashy Infocomm.

If the bright lights and casino bling of Las Vegas weren’t enough to dazzle conference-goers from around the world, the awe-inspiring displays of futuristic technology littering the Infocomm 2016 show floor certainly were, such as Epson’s trippy Infinity Room and LG’s mind-bending OLED curved tiling display.


Epson’s Infinity Room and LG’s curved display.

“We’ve seen a lot more traction with higher ed leaders, not just the typical IT folks,” said Tracie Bryant, VP of sales at AVI-SPL. “We already have thousands of pre-orders for our collaborative Microsoft 365-based surface hub. The investment in innovation is really taking off in higher education.”

Indeed, this year’s Infocomm was officially the largest on record: 1,000 exhibitors, including 211 new exhibitors, filled the Las Vegas Convention Center June 8-10, occupying 527,105 net square feet of exhibit and special events space—also a show record. Attendees registered for more than 12,000 seats at InfoComm University sessions throughout the week, more than double the number engaged in training and education in 2015. The show overall welcomed more than 38,833 visitors, 4.8 percent more than the last time the show was held in Las Vegas, affirming it as the best-attended annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers in the Western Hemisphere. More than 35 percent of attendees were visiting InfoComm for the first time.

Though many vendors offered a diverse multitude of AV solutions that could geek out even tech-phobic luddites, including some like Elmo’s next-gen portable collaboration Huddle Space that’s not even on the market yet, two AV technologies were the most touted among vendors and attendees alike: hardware and software-agnostic touchscreens, and live, on-demand video streaming technologies.


Elmo’s not-on-market Huddle Space.

“There are so many different live streaming technologies on show at this year’s Infocomm, so it’s never been more important for institutions to know how they differ to decide the best technology for their needs and mission,” explained Claudia Barbiero, director of marketing at LiveU. “The explosion of live, on-demand video services on campuses right now is really exciting because it’s moving past the sports events to innovative areas we never even thought of, like pop-up lectures and different aspects of online learning.”

From the editors of eCampus News and eSchool News, here are the 30 companies that displayed future-ready technologies at Infocomm 2016:

[Listed in alphabetical order]


The portable VoD streaming solution.

AVerMedia: AVerMedia Technologies displayed its latest HEVC encoding and streaming solutions, encompassing top-tier 4K HEVC/H.265 compression for UHD content to standard AVC/H.264 compression. The company’s professional products offer codec support and quality, while supporting multi-display streaming and processing. Their live encoders can ingest up to 4K content and simultaneously encode it into HEVC and H.264 streams, turning a single capture source into multiple output streams for a multitude of devices. Click here for the full news.


The software and hardware-agnostic touchscreen.

AVI-SPL: This collaboration tech solutions and AV systems integration company revealed its enhanced collaboration services designed to simplify the AV and IT convergence for end users. These features were the focus at AVI-SPL’s booth at InfoComm, highlighting added service capabilities to Virtual Meeting Rooms (VMR) including Unify ME, the global integrator’s interoperable VMR service. This includes “one-click” collaboration, meeting recording and streaming capabilities, Microsoft Exchange integration, as well as Symphony monitoring and management platform allowing organizations to measure the quality of the meeting experience. Click here for the full news.


A living lab.

Barco: The global provider of collaboration technology partnered with Televic Education, and ed-tech provider, to explore how technology can help educational institutions implement a whole new way of learning and teaching. Under the TECOL project (Technology-Enhanced Collaborative Learning), the three partners will set up a living lab at the KULAK campus. There, they will investigate the power of technology to foster interaction, collaboration and, as a result, student engagement in traditional classrooms, multi-site environments and virtual, worldwide classrooms. Click here for the full news.



BenQ: The RP Series interactive flat panels from BenQ feature full HD resolution and range in size from 65 to 75 inches. They include including 20-point multi-touch design, multi-platform compatibility with driver-free touch connectivity. Click here for the full news.

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Bowling display layers images from two interactive short throw projectors.

Canon: Just prior to InfoComm, Canon released its REALiS WUX450ST Pro AV LCOS — a short throw projector (with a non-interchangeable lens) that includes native WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), 4500 lumens of brightness, and proprietary technology that helps project highly detailed/contrasted and color accurate images. A new single-chip DLP projector with a laser phosphor light source (up to 8,000 lumens in brightness) was also shown. Click here to read the full news.

(Next page: Projectors, audio tech and more)


Epson releases large-scale laser projector with 25k lumens

Venue-sized laser projector is 4k ready

Epson launches the Pro L25000U installation laser projector — a 3LCD laser projector with 25,000 lumens of color brightness and 25,000 lumens of white brightness.

As part of the new Pro L-Series laser projector line, the Pro L25000U integrates a sealed optical engine with laser-light source with an inorganic phosphor wheel in combination with inorganic LCD panels for up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation, including 24/7 use for applications that require continuous projection2.

Ideal for rental and staging, as well as permanent large venue installations, the Pro L25000U features advanced technology, including a wide array of future-proof 4K-ready powered lenses with lens shift and lens memory, 360-degree installation flexibility, diverse connectivity options, and sealed optical engine design. Leveraging Epson’s 4K Enhancement technology, the projector accepts 4K input and enhances a 1080p signal to surpass Full HD image quality3.

“The Pro L25000U is a game changer, opening new markets and putting Epson in a position to lead the laser-phosphor market,” said Phong Phanel, product manager, large venue projectors, Epson America Inc. “The Pro L25000U has already garnered phenomenal feedback from the A/V community, receiving awards and attention for its superior brightness and sharp color output. We are excited to see these projector features help expand the Rental & Staging market.”

The Pro L25000U leverages Epson’s proprietary 3LCD technology and new inorganic components to deliver advanced performance, quality, and flexibility. The Pro L25000U uses advanced edge blending and auto image calibration for creating immersive experiences, and offers seamless integration tools. Additional features and benefits for large venue installations, include:

  • Exceptional Full HD Widescreen Display – Native WUXGA (1920 x 1200) with 4K Enhancement technology
  • 4K-Ready Lenses – These future-proof lenses project crisp images and are ready for true 4K applications
  • 4K Enhancement Technology – Revolutionary technology accepts 4K signal and enhances a 1080p signal to output that surpasses Full HD image quality3
  • Solid-State Laser Light Source – Provides virtually maintenance-free operation up to 20,000 hours2
  • Versatile Connectivity – Supports the full range of inputs including HDBaseT, 3G-SDI, and compatible with Crestron RoomView, AMX, Extron XTP, Control4, and Art-Net for easy integration
  • Web-based Remote Management – Control and monitor projector status via a Web browser
  • Professional Installation Features – Full 360-degree installation flexibility, including Portrait Mode, instant On/Off power, quieter performance, and absolute black contract ration
  • Outstanding Service and Support – Limited warranty of 20,000 hours of usage or three years, whichever comes first.

The Epson Pro L25000U ($99,999 MSRP) is available for purchase through authorized retailers and will start shipping in fall 2016. The projector comes with a limited warranty of three years or 20,000 hours, whichever comes first. For additional information, visit


Hitachi debuts OneVision, a new discount program for higher ed

New higher ed discount program OneVision offers specialized support and rewards

Hitachi America Digital Media Division is showcasing the LP-WU9750B, the company’s first ever solid-state laser projector at InfoComm 2016. The new laser diode light source offers approximately 20,000 hours of operation and, with no lamp or filter replacement, is maintenance free which provides dramatic reduction in cost of ownership.

It is also releasing a special program just for higher ed: the OneVision program, with discounts and service support. As a member of the OneVision Program, organizations will have direct access to dedicated Hitachi sales and service specialists. Hitachi specialists can arrange onsite demonstrations, provide evaluation units, and consult with teams on current and future projects.

OneVision perks include specialized pricing on projectors and accessories, extended five-year projector warranty, one-year lamp warranty upgrade, advanced replacement and program rewards. Members choose the reward of their choice between either a free lamp with the purchase of three projectors or free projector with the purchase of ten projectors.

Also on display: The WUXGA 1920×1200 resolution projector, which provides 24/7 use for digital signage applications and is perfect for heavy use in large spaces. The engine is protected with an air-tight, dust-resistant seal.

“We strive for the highest quality products with dynamic features at Hitachi, and the new laser projector is no exception.” said Mike Morin, Strategic Sales Development Manager, Hitachi America.

This model also comes with five digital inputs including HDBaseT, HDMI, DVI-D and 3G SDI and seven optional lenses are available that allow for projection distances ranging The LP-WU9750B is compatible with the Crestron Integrated Partner program and the AMX Device Discovery protocol, to facilitate use in A/V systems using Crestron or AMX control. The model also supports web control and PJLink.

Hitachi America, Ltd. Digital Media Division also showcased four new additions to its high-end projector Collegiate Series at InfoComm

The CP-X5505, CP-WX5505, CP-WU5500, and CP-WU5505, were designed for medium- to large-sized venue applications with installation flexibility. Professional installation features include vertical and horizontal lens shift, picture shift as well as Geometric Correction. Advanced installation features include edge blending and warping capabilities and hard-wired remote in and out connection.

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit Additionally, the LP-WU9750B is eligible for the Hitachi OneVision program.


Technology’s Promise

The thing I look forward to most about summer is not a lack of work.  As a full time teacher, part-time faculty member, and a new father, work never seems to stop.  It’s not the weather, although that’s nice, or the clothing, although putting socks away for a few months is certainly a perk of the season.  It’s a sense of time.  Summer brings longer days, but it also brings a sense of time.  Days go by slower and allow more opportunity to process what I actually want to do.  I am able to think, and then think about thinking, rather than just reacting each and every minute.  My friends in education often refer to summer as the time when we are “our true selves.”  The reason I can be myself is because I actually have time to think about who I am.

Ezra Klein’s recent article, Technology is changing how we live, but it needs to change how we work, prompted me to ask: with all the technology that pervades education, why don’t I feel this sense of time more often?  Klein takes a broad look about how technology is pervasive in our lives, yet its economic impact is hard to measure.  In other words: we have lots of new technology pieces, but how much better off are we?  His thesis spoke to me as I finish another year in teaching.  Each year brings another layer of technology into the industry.  I learn a new platform, engage my students in a new medium, and adapt assignments and expectations for a new space.  Sometimes I feel like I am an IT student rather than a classroom teacher.  Behind all of these decisions is my assumption that, at some point, life will get easier.  At some point, we will reach the end of adaptation.  Those results will be evident in the work we get from students, but also in how I feel as I work.  I should feel more productive with these tools.  Yet, Klein’s article responds to this assumption by saying: maybe I won’t.

His piece ends with the idea that we have all the technology, but we need to learn how to use it.  He quotes a venture capitalist in the technology industry who states, “It turns out the hardest things at companies isn’t building the technology but getting people to use it properly.”  The same is true in education.  Institutional buy-in, student adoption, accommodation of resources, and technical support all play a part in properly using ed-tech.  All of these things are immense challenges at institutions that are adapting in their own way, with students coming from diverse backgrounds, and societal forces demanding a myriad of solutions.

Sometimes, it feels like I am shoe-horning technology into my classroom because of all of the obstacles in implementation.  And, if I am being honest, sometimes after learning a new technology option, I back away and just maintain the status quo.  My decision is driven by intimidation in properly implementing it.  I have countless examples when I tried something new and it took my classes too long to complete their work, or my students couldn’t access what I needed them to, or I couldn’t retrieve their final work.  The reasons go on and on, but the message is the same: the technology is there, but the people using it aren’t.

The promise technology holds is the same as summer: it should offer us time.  It should offer us freedom.  It should offer us the ability to be our true selves because it is relieving us of some of our duties.  The difference is summer’s promise arrives each year on the calendar, and technology’s promise isn’t on the calendar yet.

Read Ezra’s Klein’s work here: