The Educause Annual Conference continues to be a great gathering of educators, administrators, and technologists sharing ideas and collaborating to solve some of the most complex problems facing education and research. While "cloud" has certainly become more relevant in the discussion, cloud sessions doubled at the conference this year from last. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomous databases found their way into sessions and discussions throughout the conference. We are just beginning to see how these technologies are going to transform education and research. Artificial intelligence will have a more profound impact on education than the electronic student record and learning management system combined.
Institutions need to prepare themselves for these new technologies by first rationalizing their existing IT. Think datacenter consolidation in the cloud. Artificial intelligence, blockchain, chatbots, and virtual reality are all coming to a campus near you. Even if you don’t want it, your students, faculty and staff are beginning to experience these technologies in their everyday lives. Your institutions are developing weekend intensive certificates and degree programs around these technologies to support the next generation of skilled workforce. These technologies will become a game changer for innovation and differentiation at your institution.
In addition to making all these technologies available in the Oracle Public Cloud, we have already begun delivering functionality in our HCM Cloud, ERP Cloud, and Student Cloud based on these technologies. We are leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to modernize and personalize the student journey, improving experience and outcomes. Is your institution prepared to transact with students through chatbots from their mobile device?