EdTech Predictions for 2013 and Beyond

We’re excited to share that our edtech event last night, SXSFedu, was a success. We sold out yet again and the discussion on the digital shift in the classroom was insightful. We’ll have a full recap posted later today and will also share the video recording of the conversation next week, so keep checking back!

At many meetups and edtech conferences, I find fellow attendees often analyze the future of education with optimism. Before and after our SXSFedu panel discussion I chatted with many folks about their predictions for the future of education technology in 2013 and beyond. It reminded me of some predictions about the future of education tech that Jerry Slavonia, CEO and founder of Campus Explorer, recently shared with the Technapex team. Campus Explorer is a college search website featuring 9,000+ U.S. campuses and online schools and the company currently claims over one million visitors a month.

Below we’ve shared Jerry’s education-focused predictions around what he thinks will take off in 2013. Do you think he is on point? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to share your comments below or email us at editors@technapex.com with your predictions as well.

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MOOCs as an option more than ever before. Online learning has now reached a higher level of acceptance and credibility than ever before. MOOCs (massive open online courses) will continue to get attention with potential to receive accreditation and be considered for course credit.

2. MOONs will take off. In an effort to recognize the rising popularity of MOOCs, GoingOn Networks created MOONs (massively open online networks), which are social networks created around a MOOC. These networks are specifically for higher education and enable students to connect and collaborate with other classmates, alumni and professors to discuss curricular and co-curricular topics.

3. Student engagement platforms will become increasingly popular. No matter the student, it’s not always easy to find interest in a particular subject or the will to study for an exam, but that’s why Youtopia was created. This platform provides instant access to plug-and-play gamification tools that incentivize students to become more engaged in their school and their community throughout college and beyond. The tool can also be used by educators as a method for inspiring students to do work and rewarding them for a job well done.

4. Social networking for higher education will emerge. Modern Guild was created to help connect higher education institutions with career planners. In this program, college students work through an online, three-part career prep curriculum led by professional career counselors and industry-specific job experts who help them find the career that best suits their skill sets.

5. Technology will influence theories on academia. People using the rise of technology, engagement online and access to information to create theorize on new methods of higher education. For example, The founder of Khan Academy, a popular site that offers free online video lectures about a variety of subjects, recently released a book on the future of education which proposes a new college model of students spending their days working on internships and projects with mentors, and continuing their education with self-paced learning.