A Glimpse into the Future of Education Technology

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We look forward to seeing you at Future EdTech 17!

D2L is looking forward to the upcoming Future EdTech which takes place on 13-14 June in London. The event will bring together leaders of institutions, technologists and academia to discuss strategies and tools to help raise student engagement through the use of technology.

Prepare for upcoming trends by booking free tickets for universities (anyone else can use our promotional code D2L25 for 25% off!) and get ready to find instant inspiration from great industry speakers.  Hot topics on the agenda that we particularly relish digging into include:

Cloud and Digital Transformation

Today’s learners are, on the whole, tech-savvy. They use technology extensively in their personal lives; mature students re-entering education will most likely have already built up a range of digital skills in the workplace.

Higher education institutions that blend technology-based learning with traditional classroom delivery are well-placed to appeal to this generation of digital natives and provide an optimal environment for students to succeed.

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For institutions making the choice to embrace blended learning, the cloud provides an ecosystem that can support the ready integration of content. This content can be adapted as and when learning goals and demands evolve, ensuring that courses stay relevant and that content is readily accessible.

Recruitment, Retention and Transition

Technology can support the aim of higher educational institutions to meet targets around recruitment and retention and student success. Looking beyond education, higher education institutions have a role to play in preparing students for their upcoming transition to the world of work.

Technology-based learning opens up options for exploring topics in new and exciting ways, from the inclusion of simulations or video demonstrations to student discussion forums and interactive quizzes.

Educators and facilitators are starting to embrace the concept of the ‘flipped classroom,’ which supports applied knowledge in learning. Students consume information online, outside the classroom, to gain a basic grounding in a topic and can then spend in-classroom time exploring the subject in more depth, analysing meaning and debating issues.

From Data to Knowledge

Today’s unprecedented access to data helps educational institutions address the challenges they face. The starting-point with data is being able to measure the things that are important. It’s imperative that the people who need access to the data have it and are equipped to analyse and interpret it.

A virtual learning environment (VLE) provides the means to capture and sort data to provide the insight needed to get underneath issues such as student satisfaction and retention, progress and learning outcomes. At Future EdTech, we will explore how modern VLE technology can impact university National Student Survey (NSS) and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) performance in a joint presentation with Dr. Gelareh Roushan, Director of Accreditation, Faculty of Management, at Bournemouth University.

AI Tools in Practice

Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are changing the world around us. Higher education has a role to play in preparing students for the technology-driven world of work they will enter. Adaptive learning programmes help them build on digital skills while delivering flexible, personalised learning content that caters for individual learning style, course progress and preferences for communication.

We look forward to delving into these topics, and many others, at Future EdTech. We’d love to see you there, so do pop by our stand to say hello at stand 22 and join us for our session on the second day!

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