Yesterday we linked to Hack Education’s series, which looks back on 2012′s top trends in edtech. Today we decided we’d look forward into 2013, and are sharing Forbes’ “5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013” article by Chris Proulx, president and CEO of eCornell. Proulx predicts what higher education’s environment will look like in 2013, and how that environment will be
influenced by technology. We’ve summarized Proulx’s five predictions below:
- Growth in online education will be strong in the top tier: Proulx predicts that we’ll not only see growth in online education in 2013, but that where we’ll really see it is among the top-tier colleges, who will begin to offer their own MOOCs.
- Innovation around the flipped classroom will increase: Proulx believes the university’s traditional lecture model is a thing of the past. With the popularity of the flipped classroom in recent years, Proulx thinks that the flipped model is ripe to start collecting data on it, which will ultimately lead to innovation.
- Next year’s buzz words: “Hybrid Program:” Proulx cites that MOOCs make up a small percentage of courses offered, which won’t likely change much in 2013. But he predicts that the hybrid model (where part of the class is taught online and the other part in a classroom) will grow in popularity, particularly around adults and working students.
- Lecturers will search for a new instructional model: Proulx calls for the need for a new model of classroom teaching now that lecture material is
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easily available online. With analytics, teachers will soon have the resources to enhance different models of teaching that allow for a better group experience as well as a better individualized experience for students.
- Higher ed costs may decrease, but no guarantees: Proulx speculates that new classroom models could potentially cut costs in higher ed by reducing the number of faculty members — if fewer instructors can reach more students using high-quality online and blended models, this could, in effect, cut costs in paying faculty and lead to a tuition decrease. [This one seems like a long shot to me -- I don't know if eliminating faculty members is the best move when many university classes are already so impacted. I guess we'll see how it plays out in 2013.]