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The Futures of Higher Education

, EDUCAUSE, United States


Information technology can change learning experiences, catalyze new forms of scholarship, and interconnect a world that is highly interdependent. Information technology is clearly a part of higher education’s future—but there will be more than one “future.” Institutions differ. Students have different skills, goals, and motivations. Career paths converge and diverge over a lifetime. Ubiquitous Internet access, along with social, mobile, cloud, and analytics capabilities, is freeing institutions to think differently about how to meet individual learners needs. This convergence of technology, learning science and consumer demand is catalyzing multiple models. The presentation will highlight learning environments, student support systems and degree pathways, and the emerging alternative credentialing marketplace. While learning connects all aspects of life, the digital ecosystem provides higher education with many options.


Oblinger, D. The Futures of Higher Education. Presented at EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. Retrieved June 5, 2023 from .