Issues and Trends in Edtech in 2016

In 2015, trends in edtech included more emphasis on open educational resources, less hype around data analytics, and a nail in the MOOC coffin. Informal and formal blended learning models, including competency-based education, continued to grow. Adaptive learning emerged as a compelling business model for edtech companies and a strategy for increasing student success and completion at institutions. IoT, the Internet of Things made its way into lexicon of higher education, despite no real strategies for managing IoT in higher ed. What edtech trends and issues will impact WCET members in 2016?

Will the higher education reauthorization act finally get passed? What are the implications for the growth of competency-based education and what is the potential it could hinder the development of adaptive and personalized learning programs? Will OER continue to gain traction as resources become easier to utilize? Will accessibility finally get the attention it requires?

Join WCET's visionaries and leaders for a discussion of what edtech trends and issues are on the horizon.  What should you be thinking about as you kick-off the 2016 academic year? What emerging issues are you seeing at your institution? Share them, and ask your questions during the open virtual conversation portion of the webcast. Follow the Twitter feed at #WCETwebcast.

This webcast is provided free and open to all. WCET has moved to GoToWebinar for its webcasts which allows up to 1,000 participants.

Register today for the WCET webcast, “Issues and Trends in Edtech in 2016 on January 21 at 1:30 PM MST. The free webcast will run for 60 minutes. The webcast will take place via GoToWebinar.

10:30 AM HAST / 11:30 AM AKST / 12:30 PST/ 1:30 PM MST/ 2:30 CST/ 3:30 PM EST

An archive of the will be available on this webpage by January 28.


Jeff BordenJeff Borden
Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Innovation,
Saint Leo University 


Tanya JoostenTanya Joosten
Director of E-learning Research and Development,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Mark LeubaMark Leuba
Competency Based Education Facilitator, 
IMS Global Learning Consortium




Nick WhiteNick White
Director, Competency Based Learning Solutions,
Capella University