We asked educators, edtech executives and stakeholders to look to the future and share their thoughts and predictions about what trends will be most prominent in 2020.

In addition to the usual suspects–artificial intelligence (AI), active learning, and microcredentials–people predicted a larger focus on community partnerships, more dedication to underserved students, and a need for institutions to prove their return on investment to students.

Read on to see what’s in store for 2020…

Darren Catalano, CEO, HelioCampus; former VP of Analytics at the University of Maryland Global Campus:

Top predictions for campuses in 2020!

• There will continue to be tensions and pushback over data being an accurate single measure of success and performance of higher ed. Many universities and colleges feel that purely quantitative measurements do not represent their progress, and rightly so. Over the next few years, higher education will come to a comprise that includes qualitative data for a fuller picture. Student success is highly complex and there will always be blind spots in the data. This is why data storytelling is so important, to provide context and commentary to the quantitative metrics.

• Higher education’s aversion to the cloud will finally be over. While the benefits of the cloud have previously been eclipsed by concerns about security, compliance, control and cost, advancement in the way these services are offered and greater clarity around how they are secured will help institutions become more comfortable with the cloud. There will be an acceleration away from on- premise systems toward hosted systems to relieve the pressure on IT and reduce maintenance and support costs.

• Data privacy and ethics will remain prominent issues that institutions, vendors and students will need to establish best practices around. As increasingly more data is available, those gathering and analyzing it must be good custodians of the data they collect even if there are challenges along the way. We need to have meaningful conversations about how to best apply the insights data can illuminate so we can serve students both effectively and sustainably.

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura


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