Slideshow Gartner’s Top 10 CIO Priorities in Education

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  • April 05 2015, 7:56pm EDT
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Gartner’s Top 10 CIO Priorities in Education

Students frequently are the most demanding IT customers in the world. So what steps are CIOs and IT leaders in the education market taking to meet – or exceed- the needs of their demanding customers? Here’s a list of the top 10 strategic technologies for the education industry for 2015, care of Gartner.Image: iStock

1. Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning is a concept that traces its roots back to at least the 1950s, but the ability to capture learner data through online learning has provided a breakthrough, Gartner says. True adaptive learning is a type of crowdsourcing and big data collection, the company adds. The real value of adaptive learning lies in the metadata attached to each learning "morsel," which must then be combined with enough empirical data of students trying to master the topic to allow personalized learning, Gartner concludes.Image: iStock

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2. Adaptive E-Textbooks

Unlike traditional print materials, e-textbooks can be edited to include up-to-date information, be assembled or disassembled, or include content from other sources and social interaction, Gartner asserts. Adaptive e-textbooks add the element of tracking student interaction with the text, and adapting to the learning style, the researcher says.Image: iStock

3. CRM

Big data in education is associated with collecting vast amounts of data from the digitized activities of students, parents, faculty and staff, transforming that into information, and producing or recommending actions aimed at improving institution outcomes, Gartner says. Big data in higher education has been around for decades, mainly focused on research. Now, it is a very promising technology-based strategic capability that has the possibility to improve the whole education ecosystem, Gartner asserts.Image: iStock

4. Big Data

Big data in education is associated with collecting vast amounts of data from the digitized activities of students, parents, faculty and staff, transforming that into information, and producing or recommending actions aimed at improving institution outcomes, Gartner says. Big data in higher education has been around for decades, mainly focused on research. Now, it is a very promising technology-based strategic capability that has the possibility to improve the whole education ecosystem, Gartner asserts.Image: iStock

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5. Sourcing Strategies

Not a technology in itself, sourcing strategies represent a collection of technologies and vendor services, from hosting to cloud, homegrown to open source, to subscription models for acquiring software/hardware capabilities, Gartner says. A sourcing strategy is a set of scenarios, plans, directives and decisions that dynamically define and integrate internal and external resources and services required to fulfill an enterprise's business objectives, Gartner states.Image: iStock

6. Exostructure

Exostructure requires schools to integrate partnerships, tools and services in the education ecosystem. When done right, an exostructure approach enables institutions to leverage services from the cloud, rather than having to bring them inside the campus walls, Gartner says.Image: iStock

7. Open Microcredentials

A microcredential system allows teachers to gain recognition for skills they master throughout their careers. The next step, Gartner says, is an open approach that promotes standardized microcredentials. Image: iStock

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8. Digital Assessment

Digital assessment eliminates the need for human-proctored tests and improves modes of testing, grading and data analysis. The first-level application of digital assessments is to increase trust in online education by applying identification mechanisms, such as keystroke identification or cloud-based face recognition, Gartner says.Image: iStock

9. Mobile

Mobile is not simply a synonym for mobile smartphones or tablets. Mobile in education includes use in all aspects of the academy — administration, education and research. However, the domain is maturing surprisingly slowly. Inhibitors in 2014 still include smartphone cost, device limitations (such as battery life), the development of m-learning course materials, lack of skills and the wide diversity of mobile devices, Gartner says. Image: iStock

10. Social Learning

Social learning gives students the ability to establish a presence or social profile that reflects their expertise and interest; to create, discuss, share and capture learning content as learning objects; to organize and find learning objects from a variety of sources, such as search or peer ratings; to interact with peers in their social networks and be able to reach beyond their networks to other trusted sources of information; to engage in experience-based learning exercises; and to receive real-time online coaching and support, Gartner says.Image: iStock

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Thank You and More

More information on these trends is available in the Gartner report "Top 10 Strategic Technologies Impacting Education in 2015" available to Gartner clients here. For more Information Management slideshows visit here.Image: iStock