When I started my career in the education industry over 20 years ago, colleges and universities were leading innovators in the use of technology. Since that time, the education industry has fallen behind in its use of technology. The education industry is being forced to shift focus to leveraging technology and innovating to support strategic initiatives.
At the start of the New Year, I was reflecting on 2017 and thinking about the future of technology in Education and Research. I can't believe the education industry is still talking about digital transformation. This has been a topic in the industry for the same 20 year period that the industry was lagging on the use of technology, so it makes sense why the education industry is still focused on digital transformation. What started with email, portals, and online learning has transcended to blockchain, chatbots, and artificial intelligence.
So what can we expect from technology in 2018 and beyond? We will see most major educational institutions kick off an initiative with these technologies to reduce costs, improve student experience, or support research. See Oracle's cloud predictions for 2018. We have an exciting and interesting year ahead as colleges and universities around the world get back into leading technology innovation to improve student and administrative systems, accelerate research, and personalize the student experience.
Learn how colleges and universities can use blockchain to secure research data and verify student information. Intelligent bots will improve the student experience through conversational interfaces to a broad range of services and information. Hear how we have incorporated these technologies into our Student Cloud to deliver a personalized student experience.