14 Predictions for Higher Education in 2022 — Campus Technology

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14 Predictions for Higher Education in 2022

IT leaders, faculty, and students offer a variety of perspectives on the future for their campuses in the new year.

The road is drawn 2022

Ask those in higher education what they expect to happen in the new year, and the forecast will be full of insights that build on what we’ve been seeing on college and university campuses for the past two years: a heavy emphasis on learning formulas; continued exploitation of new technology; and the use of new digital forms that move users “beyond Zoom”. Here we present collective predictions of 14 IT leaders, educators and students about what they expect to see in 2022. As one of them said, “Let’s get started, 2022! We have work to do!”

Do you have your own ideas about what’s coming this year? Add your prediction for 2022 in the comments below.

Forget Hyflex

My prediction for 2022 is that the hype around “high resilience” technology will turn into a meltdown. Many colleges across the country were quick to spend federal dollars outfitting classrooms with hyflex technology without taking into account ongoing support costs such as technical support, instructional design support, and faculty professional development. Ultimately, I think our faculty will discover that effective teaching in a hyflex environment without adequate support is really very difficult and stressful. Then most of the hyflex we’ve invested in will be pushed aside and eventually removed.

—Joseph Moreau is Deputy Technology Counsel and Chief Technology Officer at Foothill d’Anza Community College District in California.

Hyflex adaptation – be prepared for anything

First, hyflex classes will continue to be used; However, coaches will need to adapt the technology to the face-to-face method. For example, all technologies are integrated with Zoom, so why not record the lecture and student discussion during class time for future viewing? This can also be well adapted to a hybrid method. Lecture capture systems such as Yuja can be used to “split” content for easier viewing. While the true meaning of hyflex is to allow students to decide whether they want to attend classes in a face-to-face environment, I don’t think we’re there yet. Teachers still want some control (and I totally understand that). If we can make the learning environment as flexible as possible, technology will definitely make a difference.

My second prediction is about security. Network breaches and phishing scams will become more and more common. Universities need strict controls and policies in order to mitigate any intrusions and stop the bad guys. Lack of confidence is the key. Colleges need to enable multifunctional authorization (MFA), network scanning, and spam filtering, among other security measures, to prevent network intrusion or data breaches.

My final prediction is that we need to be prepared for the unknown. At the drop of the hat, we may be asked to return to a completely remote environment. Universities will need to be able to accommodate this. In this regard, virtual labs and VPNs need to be in place so that IT can flip the switch when needed.

—Patricia Kahn is CIO and Associate Vice President of IT Services at College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

Look for the advantages

Since most education is done remotely for at least part of the past two years, educational technology has played an important role in many institutions. The key to 2022 will be to improve and make better use of these technologies to enhance the teaching and learning experience. Many institutions have been forced to move to fully online education in a hasty or hasty manner, which was not ideal. The challenge is, how can we improve these systems and take advantage of new technologies for online, co-educational/blended and in-person education? Was virtual working hours via Zoom more convenient for both students and faculty, allowing for better collaboration? Did pre-recording the lecture and making available traditional lecture time for a deeper discussion of the topic enhance the opportunity to learn and expand knowledge of the topic? These are the exciting things that lie ahead in 2022. It is an excellent challenge and opportunity for us in the senior leadership.

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