Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dr. Faulkner: What Does the Future Hold?


Did you hear the joke about the psychic convention that was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances? 


In a previous blog (Education in 30 Years) I endorsed some general predictions about the future of education.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) none of us can precisely see the future. 


We are privileged to live in a time of unprecedented expansion of technology.  Our task is to be aware of emerging trends and experiment with the effectiveness of new technology.  When PCs first emerged, I remember a colleague stating, “They are nice toys but they have no place in the classroom?”  But creative people imagined applications that proved to enhance learning.  My first sense of this was a text based game called The Oregon Trail that was played on the Apple II.  Now, of course it is hard to imagine the face of education without computers and the access to the resources they provide.


Here from OnlineCollege.net is a graphic that lays out some major ed-tech trends for 2013.   Also, you may want to take a look at a Campus Technologies article titled “6Technologies That Will Impact Higher Ed.”  


So again, I challenge us – Which of these are you already using and what will you try in the future?


-Dr. Jerry Faulkner



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