Just a quick note to share GCN's prediction of 6 IT trends to watch on campus in 2013. Here are the trends, quoted directly from the article:
- Big data beyond the basics. Big data will help institutions build model student profiles that can be used to target for admission those students most likely to be successful.
- Faster course corrections. Universities will use big data to assess course feedback and quickly make curricula changes.
- Pressure from BYOD. As students bring an ever increasing number and variety of wireless devices to campus, Wi-Fi networks, tools and support will quickly evolve to meet increased demand.
- Platform-independent computing gains ground. IT departments will soon support all devices and platforms. Look for virtual desktop environments will allow students run any software, regardless of location or device.
- Mobile apps are a go. Moving away from broadcast publishing, more schools will develop mobile apps that let users access only the information they need.
- Growth of educational social media. Social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ will be integrated into the curriculum for the real-time, real-world collaboration they enable.
I'd be interested in going back to this list at the end of the year to see how well GCN fared in their predictions. I certainly agree with their list, although I'm somewhat hesitant about how quickly institutions can implement "Faster course corrections" based on big data feedback. To be clear, I don't doubt it's possible to have this feedback loop, but I question if faculty will be ready to accept it as readily as GCN seems to suggest.