Emerging Technology

Note from the editor

A new generation of digital technologies holds immense promise for instruction and operations in higher education, and their uses are as varied as the tools themselves.

Virtual and augmented reality, for example, make training accessible beyond the physical classroom, while the blockchain is giving students and employers alike easier access to verified credentials. Chatbots and nudges, meanwhile, use common digital tools to enhance connections between and among students and administrators. 

Yet just as technology can be an arbiter of access and equity, so too can it shut learners or even entire communities out. As higher education deals with the impact of the coronavirus crisis, colleges will need to be especially careful that technological innovation doesn't create an uneven playing field.

This report examines the opportunities afforded by these and other new technologies as well as the challenges to effectively implementing them.

As colleges continue to explore them, the industry will refine its approach, and we'll be examining the impact on higher ed.

–​ Higher Ed Dive staff

8 tips for effective digital transformation

Ed tech leaders from institutions including Southern New Hampshire U and UC San Diego share tactics they use to get their teams on the same page.

• Published Oct. 16, 2019

Enrollment woes could push colleges to use AI and data analytics

A new report pinpoints some of the challenges higher education leaders are facing and how emerging technology may be able to help. ​

• Published March 4, 2020

In higher ed tech, where's the 'hype' and what's the promise?

We asked college and industry leaders which technology solutions they think have — or have not — delivered on their promises.

• Published Oct. 21, 2019

A nudge and a discount helped bring students back to college

Just providing information via texts, however, did not have a major impact on whether students reenrolled, a new study finds.

• Published Jan. 16, 2020

How to make a mobile app college students want to use

Administrators at Educause's convention share tips institutions can use to develop apps that connect students with vital resources and information.

• Published Oct. 16, 2019