Hype, Disruption You Decide

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The 2016 Hype Cycle reveals three distinct technology trends that profoundly create new experiences, with unrivaled intelligence, and offer platforms that propel organizations to connect with new business ecosystems in order to become competitive over the next five to 10 years.

Technologies and ideas go through cycles of euphoria, adoption, activity and use, maturity, impact, enthusiasm, and even infatuation.

In the end, some of today’s emerging technologies (and ideas) will become staples, while others will fade into the background. One way to describe the hype that surrounds emerging technologies and ideas for education is to observe the Hype Cycle model (Fenn & Raskino, 2008) developed by Gartner Inc.

” One factor distinguishing emerging technologies from other forms of technology is the fact that we are not yet able to understand the implications of these technologies. What do they offer to education, teaching, and learning?( Veletsianos, G. 2010).

Individually, we depend more on our technologies than ever before – but we can do more than ever before. Collectively, technology has made us smarter, more capable and more productive. What technology has not done is make us wiser. (Coopersmith, J, 2016).


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Coopersmith, J. (2016). Is technology making us dumber or smarter? Yes. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/is-technology-making-us-dumber-or-smarter-yes-58124.

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]

Veletsianos, G. (2010). Emerging Technologies in Distance Education.