Top Technology Trends in Higher Education

 

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A graduate of George Washington University, Joel Salmon has served as an analyst and product development executive for more than a decade. An enrollment and retention professional, Joel Salmon has gained extensive experience with the use of technology in the field of higher education.

Many of the world’s largest technology breakthroughs have taken place in computer science laboratories at colleges and universities, so it’s perhaps not surprising that the higher education sector has often been at the forefront of integrating new technology. Here are some of the top technology trends that experts expect to see in higher education in the near future.

Virtual Reality: The rise of VR technology has made the possibility of immersive learning a reality. Analysts suggest that VR could provide new ways to study history, medicine, ecology, and many other subjects.

Going Mobile: As smartphones become ubiquitous and apps continue to advance, more teachers are integrating mobile technology into their classroom practices. Mobile apps such as collaborative platforms like Slack and productivity suites like Google Drive are already well-established classroom tools, and analysts expect more of them in the future.

Internet of Things (IoT): The increasing number of “smart” devices offers attractive possibilities for a connected classroom. From smart projectors to lecture capture systems, the IoT promises an automated classroom that will make for more efficient teaching and learning.

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Current Factors Affecting College Enrollment

 

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Joel Salmon has performed extensive analyses for prestigious American universities. Concerned with trends in higher education, Joel Salmon focuses his attention on factors that influence enrollment in colleges and universities. Several trends for 2018 have emerged from research by the National Association for College Admission Counseling:

The number of applications in higher education has increased 7 percent over 2017, as schools have increased recruiting via the Internet and social media. Although the high school population is leveling off, each student is on average applying to more institutions.

As the applicant pool expands, the college yield rate is declining. Yield is the percentage of accepted students who actually enter school – that rate has declined from 36.2 percent in 2014 to 35.1percent in 2015. The importance of yield is that it affects spending on priorities such as financial aid.

Many schools boost yield with early admissions. The yield among applicants with binding early admissions is far higher than average, and the chance to secure a spot sooner rather than later motivates many students. Colleges and universities also increase yields by marketing to transfer and international students.

In the application process itself, essays have become a more important admission criterion than before, in addition to high school grades and test scores. Many institutions require applicants to write essays focusing on reasons for choosing their school in particular.

Many colleges are not significantly increasing their class sizes to keep pace with a larger applicant pool. This means that more students will have to accept being wait-listed as part of the application process.

American Management Association’s Course on Analytical Skills

 

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A data analytics professional, Joel Salmon works with higher education institutions in enrollment marketing efforts. Joel Salmon also has experience in management and holds a certificate in management training from the American Management Association, which offers a number of online training programs, including a course titled “Developing Your Analytical Skills: How to Research and Present Information”.

Held at various points throughout the year, Developing Your Analytical Skills: How to Research and Present Information teaches participants to organize data from a variety of sources and convert data into a format suitable for analysis. Participants also learn how to overcome challenges that arise during data collection and how to view contradictory data from the correct perspective.

The course also focuses on strategies for recognizing patterns in data, ascertaining the meaning of patterns for one’s business, and addressing gaps in information. Finally, participants learn how to draw conclusions from their data and organize that information into a compelling story.

Three Technology-Based Trends Affecting Higher Education

 

Joel Salmon
Joel Salmon

The holder of a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, Joel Salmon is a former product manager with New York’s Delos LLC who is engaged in marketing and project management on behalf of a variety of clients, including Ivy League universities. Among other areas, Joel Salmon has extensive knowledge of technology and its role in higher education. Below are three technology trends shaping the learning experience in colleges and universities in 2018.

1. Digital course materials – More and more, faculty members are integrating digital media into their curriculum. For instance, a pair of instructors at Oregon State have infused their own general biology lectures with media components, and also have their students include media elements in their social media postings and assignments.

2. The use of virtual reality (VR) – In addition to allowing students to take virtual field trips to geological sites and museums that might be too costly or time consuming to visit, VR is an especially powerful tool for medical students, as they can work on improving their skills in a safe environment.

3. Cloud tools becoming a staple – The use of Cloud-based tools such as Google Docs allows students to access learning materials from any platform and provides a real-time opportunity for collaboration between teachers and students.