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

3 major trends affecting ed tech companies

We reviewed what executives said during their latest earnings calls to better understand patterns in the growing sector.

• Published Dec. 17, 2021

3 takeaways from Udemy's initial public offering

The MOOC provider's filings with the SEC offer insight into trends within the alternative credential and online education market.

• Published Nov. 2, 2021

Can colleges compete with companies like Coursera?

Arthur Levine discusses how trends like personalized education are unfolding, what's driving them, and what can go right or wrong for colleges.

• Published Sept. 28, 2021

Coursera prices IPO to raise $519M following watershed year for online education

• Published March 8, 2021 • Updated March 31, 2021

2U to acquire edX for $800M

• Published June 29, 2021

Colleges held off on major technology purchases during the pandemic, report says

• Published June 17, 2021

What does the Anthology-Blackboard deal say about the ed tech market?

The transaction is a bet that scale and breadth of products matter — both in the U.S. and international markets.

• Published Sept. 15, 2021

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

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

Emerging technology in higher education

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 reality, block chain and chatbots are being implemented to facilitate training, make learning accessible and enhance connections between students and staff.

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  • Colleges held off on major technology purchases during the pandemic, report says
  • What does the Anthology-Blackboard deal say about the ed tech market?
  • Why SPACs are eyeing the education technology sector