A majority of higher education educators believe the use of edtech will grow over the next three years, according to new PebblePad report.

Ninety-two percent of respondents from more than 100 universities predict an increase in the range and scope of instructional technology by 2025.

A similar proportion – 87% – predicted that the learning model of 2025 will be hybrid, combining online and face-to-face studies.

While more than two-thirds (69%) of higher education educators expect their investments in technology in the classroom to increase over the next three years, a clear majority (53%) believe that their cost remains a barrier to their acquisition and use in sectors.

A significant proportion of educators also acknowledged reservations about the effectiveness and optimization of edtech.

Thirty-nine percent expressed concern that too much staff training and education is required to ensure the success of technology procurement, while more than a quarter (27%) fear that technology procurement is not connected (or not well connected). may be) to the strategic goals of the institution.

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In addition to technology, Teaching and Learning Priorities 2025 asked respondents questions about a number of other educational areas, with findings including:

  • 82% said that it is vital to include employability in the curriculum in the next three years
  • 64% said they plan to work more closely with employers by 2025 to ensure learning materials and teaching methods equip students with the skill sets employers most need
  • 71% said there will be significant changes in their approach to measurement and evaluation in the coming years
  • 84% suggested that more attention should be paid to helping students articulate their skills during learning

“After an unprecedented period in higher education, universities across the country are seizing the opportunity to rebuild, reset and plan,” said PebblePad CEO Shane Sutherland.

“While there are many reports on what the future of university leaders might look like – how they can remain competitive and demonstrate value – less has been written about the nuts and bolts of what’s next for faculty.

“This study confirms this and reveals a group that is optimistic about the future [and] is committed to improving all aspects of the student experience, from curriculum design and development to assessment and measurement.”


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