Top higher-ed tech trends for 2013

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3D printing, eBooks, the bring your own device movement, and other trends also are featured in the survey. In particular, 3D printing has the potential to create paper covered by solar cells and buildings from dust.

Game-based learning is predicted to mature, becoming more accepted and having a greater impact in the classroom. More universities are expected to embrace eBooks, adding to a movement that encourages schools and students to forego expensive and quickly outdated traditional textbooks in favor of more interactive digital texts that are updated easily.

Universities also are expected to take advantage of open textbooks, which are offered for free or at much lower price points than traditional texts. Additionally, course instructors are able to modify open textbooks to suit their individual needs.

And as student-to-counselor ratios increase, some schools might opt for virtualizing college counseling, so students can sign up for one-on-one help when they need it.

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