After reading “Gartner’s 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Identifies Three Key Trends That Organizations Must Track to Gain Competitive Advantage”, I reflected on shifts in technology within education. Education has increasingly incorporated technology, however, transformational shifts in how technology is leveraged in education remains incremental.

As the education sector progresses in the integration of emerging technologies, though it experiences changes, there are barriers to implementation. The Gartner’s article reminded me of an article by Weller (2018) “Twenty Years of Edtech”. This piece explored the last twenty years of technological advances in education, including showing that few have been successfully integrated over time and how the sector remains largely the same. In my experience within post-secondary education, slow integration can be attributed to many factors, including challenges related to scaling up technology across large organizations, cost and funding barriers, adequate training, and physical infrastructure amongst others. Such factors may pose obstacles and hinder efficiently and effectively making fulsome use of available emerging technologies.

The iterative process with which change occurs, allows the experience of education to feel somewhat consistent and familiar. Despite technology advances, face-to-face classrooms maintain a foundational teaching and learning structure within a mainstream post-secondary classroom. Even when considering online learning environments, though there are nuances, the centering of a teacher, a subject, assessment structure and familiar institution delivering the class, are still largely present.

I found the 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies graph thought sparking, spending significant time learning about the various technologies discussed. As my interest was piqued in the subject, I also reviewed the Hype Cycle Graphs for 2017, 2018 and 2019, as well.

As I reflect on the article and my key takeaways, I am left with the question, what technology will be a mainstay of the education sector within the next 20 years, as technological advances make significant strides?

 

References

Gartner. (2016, August 16). Gartner’s 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Identifies Three Key Trends that Organizations Must Track to Gain Competitive Advantage. [Press Release].

Weller, M. (2018). Twenty years of EdTech. EDUCAUSE Review, 53(4).