Top higher-ed tech trends for 2013

A new survey outlines key higher-ed tech trends for 2013.

A survey of colleges and universities previews some of the top higher-ed tech trends set to emerge in 2013. The survey comes from Edudemic, a site connecting educators and students with ed-tech tools and resources.

Smart phones figure prominently, and 89 percent of surveyed colleges said they send text messages as part of their emergency communications. Ninety-three percent of college stuents text message, and 53 percent own a smart phone. A new trend will focus on using SMS communications to update students on deadlines and assignments, provide instant contact in case of emergency, and keep students, faculty, and staff informed on general updates and campus activities, according to the survey.

Social media, already a huge tech trend that offers endless possibilities in the classroom, will continue to be a major force in higher education. Every university surveyed said it maintains a Facebook account, 80 percent have a Twitter account, and 70 percent operate YouTube or Vimeo channels. Eighty-three percent of schools said they use social media to engage alumni, and 38 percent engage the local community through social media tools.

The survey also touched on higher-ed tech trends involving free, non-credit online courses—known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs—and notes that one popular MOOC from Stanford included 160,000 participants from 190 countries.

(Next page: More higher-ed tech trends, and an infographic)

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