Online education and digital learning tools—whether as a supplement to an on-campus experience, or as a full distance-learning program—have transformed the practice of education in recent years. Even more significantly, it’s become clear that this trend is accelerating. What’s in store for this year? Here are 5 trends in Education Technology to watch in 2019.
1) Digital Transformation will kick into high gear for more than just academics.
Digital Transformation of many campus functions outside of Teaching and Learning will accelerate. This will be driven by demand for better digital services on the part of Gen Z students entering college, as well as the increasing number of off-campus students who interact primarily online. This transformation may be managed in-house or by engaging third-party service providers with expertise in specific domains. We’ve already seen that many schools are adopting the latest cloud-based technologies for marketing and recruiting, as the competition for students is increasing. Multi-channel admissions experiences, where prospective students can interact not only with phone and email but also via social networks, video chat, and other similar technologies, will soon be the norm. Alumni relations will quickly be adopting modern marketing and outreach tools to improve alumni engagement. Finally, as the number of on-campus students (or on-campus hours of resident students) decreases, other critical functions such as college counseling, career services, and tech support will all be moving to a primarily digital delivery system. 
2) Open Educational Resources will become more common—and more interactive.
In the world of educational content, more and more OER content (including multimedia OER content) will be available to use. The emphasis will shift away from content types that are largely a passive or “lean-back” experience to ones that require the students to engage with the material using interactive components. These latter, since they are more expensive to develop and deliver, have been less available as OERs, but this looks to be changing soon. Moreover, more and more

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