Edtech in 2016

Justin Beck, vice president of Kaltura, predicts the edtech space in 2016

1. Learning from Data 
Being able to easily access and export data from ‘open’ learning tools will no longer be a nice to have but a requirement for all those in the ed tech ecosystem. The days of closed silos are gone. Institutions, providers and students all have a vested interest in getting access to as much useful data as possible. With the launch of the IMS Caliper standard, all players will be expected to expose their Caliper events to smart analytics systems that produce actionable insights. And as actionable analytics move centre stage, the term ‘analytics’ will come under greater scrutiny. Many tech providers claim to offer analytics tools but very few of these help institutions improve outcomes, retention, and engagement. Actionable analytics are where the real value lies.

2. Digital Video Skills Training will start to take root
There will be a growing realisation by teaching staff that being able to create, edit, share and communicate with video will soon become a necessary skill for students entering the workplace. This will see teaching staff starting to look into how best to train students in these vital digital video communications skills.

3. A decline in the construction of large lecture theatres
Instead of building expensive lecture theatres designed to accommodate large numbers of students, universities will opt for smaller classrooms. These are better suited to blended learning, characterised by smaller, in-person tutorials supplemented by online learning. 

4. ‘Open’ Lecture Capture solutions will gain in popularity
The old school, locked box approach to Lecture Capture is making way for a new generation of systems thanks to the advent of the IMS Open Video standard. These new ‘open’ Lecture Capture solutions run on more affordable commodity hardware, making it possible for institutions to deploy them in many more rooms (both traditional and online).

5. Higher Ed Tech will cascade down to Secondary and Primary Schools
Pioneers in the primary and secondary sectors will expand their adoption of technologies traditionally associated with higher education institutions and will continue to embrace Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models. This includes education video platforms that help with student engagement, video delivery and management needs.

W: corp.kaltura.com