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Unveiling the Power of Business Partnerships in EdTech

In educational technology, the necessity of cultivating strategic business partnerships is undeniable. As classrooms evolve into dynamic digital environments and learners navigate an increasingly interconnected world, the complexities of integrating technology seamlessly into education become apparent. While considering educational technology, we define a business partnership as a collaborative arrangement between companies aimed at advancing innovation ... Unveiling the Power of Business Partnerships in EdTech  Read More

Breaking the Mold: A Fresh Perspective on Forecasting Technology Implementation Trends

We all love making predictions. They help us deal with uncertainty, which has undoubtedly come into sharp focus over the past year. The issue with forecasting, however, is that they are often wrong—some spectacularly so. And those involving higher education technology are no exception: just remember those projections about the supposed disruptive power of massive ... Breaking the Mold: A Fresh Perspective on Forecasting Technology Implementation Trends  Read More

Top IT Projects Shaping HigherEd in 2024

Since the publication of this post, we have received questions about how we conducted our research. To create our Top 10, we scanned the content of 81 IT Project websites from North America and Europe. We did not look at institution websites for separate projects like:  We only looked at current projects listed in the ... Top IT Projects Shaping HigherEd in 2024  Read More

Uncovering the Key Patterns in Technology Adoption in Two-Year Colleges 

A recent article in Inside Higher Ed shed light on the challenges institutional leaders at two-year institutions face in adopting technology, specifically technology that supports online learning. The authors discuss how these leaders try to overcome financial constraints, staffing issues, and procurement issues to meet the increased demand for quality online learning at their institutions.   ... Uncovering the Key Patterns in Technology Adoption in Two-Year Colleges   Read More

RFPs Trends and Updates – December 2023

The ListEdTech team has been tracking RFP data for just over three years now (you can read previous posts on our website). During this time, we learned how much value RFPs bring to institutions looking to replace one of their edtech solutions. In addition to giving insights on upcoming popular product categories, past RFPs can ... RFPs Trends and Updates – December 2023  Read More
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How Artificial Intelligence Might Accelerate the Convergence of Edtech Systems

The potential transformation of education through technology is a recurring topic among scholars, university staff, and companies. Many predicted that technologies such as learning management systems, massive open online courses (MOOCs), and open educational resources (OER) would significantly impact how institutions delivered student education. Similarly, many commentators have speculated on how artificial intelligence might impact education. ... How Artificial Intelligence Might Accelerate the Convergence of Edtech Systems  Read More

Our 2023 Analysis of the Educause Exhibitor’s Floor Plan

Each year in October, Educause holds its annual conference. It’s the perfect time for institutions, solution providers, and consultants to meet and discuss technological needs. Since 2021, we have compiled data on the exhibitor floor plan to see if it could reflect some market trends in edtech. What can we infer from this year’s floor ... Our 2023 Analysis of the Educause Exhibitor’s Floor Plan  Read More

How Policies Delayed the Adoption of Cloud Solutions

We often think that internal processes or business decisions influence an institution to choose a cloud solution over on-premises software. After all, cloud solutions are cost-effective, reliable, and almost always available and comply with local security and data protection regulations. Despite the many advantages, challenges exist for cloud solutions. Adopting the Patriot Act in 2006 ... How Policies Delayed the Adoption of Cloud Solutions  Read More

What is the Role of Technology in Delivering Postsecondary Value? 

The question of the value of postsecondary education has increasingly become top of mind for many people, especially given rising tuition costs and the impact of COVID-19 on college students. For example, the Gates Foundation and others have devoted much effort to defining “postsecondary value” and how institutional leaders might deploy strategies to improve it ... What is the Role of Technology in Delivering Postsecondary Value?   Read More

When Do Leaders Retire Their Existing LMS?

Those interested in education technology often want to get insight into when institutional leaders are likely to replace their technological solutions to make better predictions about future trends, or inform sales and marketing efforts. The most common approach to gain this understanding is to look at the average time between acquisitions and retirements of products ... When Do Leaders Retire Their Existing LMS?  Read More

Three Enrollment Trends Impacting Education Technology Markets

Where students go, what they study, and how they learn impact edtech markets. This post focuses on three trends in undergraduate enrollment that are unfolding across US higher education and how those trends will impact specific education technology segments. Big Schools Are Getting Bigger. The higher education landscape, through the lens of the number of ... Three Enrollment Trends Impacting Education Technology Markets  Read More

Was Christensen Right?

Known for his disruptive innovation theory, Clayton Christensen said in February 2013, “15 years from now, maybe half of the universities will be in bankruptcy… including state schools.” Four years later, in 2017, he even claimed it would take less than a decade, “probably nine years,” for this to happen. At the time, to support his idea, he mentioned ... Was Christensen Right?  Read More

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Exploring Why Institutions Change Student Information Systems 

At its conference this year, Ellucian highlighted Indian River State College’s recent conversion from another student information system (SIS) to its Ellucian Banner SaaS product. In the accompanying video, Dr. Timothy Moore, the college president, highlighted the functional reasons for the product switch and discussed how he sees the new product as better supporting his ... Exploring Why Institutions Change Student Information Systems   Read More

Deconstructing LMS RFPs: The Most Popular Evaluation Criteria

Writing a request for proposals to replace your current LMS is one of the most daunting tasks for non-procurement specialists. To help you accomplish this, you may decide to browse listserv archives or again, you may ask your colleagues in other universities what they included in this type of document. As an alternative, you could ... Deconstructing LMS RFPs: The Most Popular Evaluation Criteria  Read More

Relationships Between Institutional Characteristics, Student Personas and SIS

Student information systems (SIS) have significantly evolved since they first appeared in the 1960s, from essentially serving as the central store of student-related data to supporting activities such as class registration, grade management, and transcript generation. With this evolution has come increased demands on the SIS to support different student personas (traditional, transfer, etc.) and ... Relationships Between Institutional Characteristics, Student Personas and SIS  Read More