Connecting Learning and Empowering Students: Education Trends in the US

Critical to workforce development, economic growth and the foundation of our future generation is the digitization of education.

Schools and universities around the country are using technology to transform their classrooms and campuses. Through technology, institutions are seeking learning delivery effectiveness on and off campus, and are finding efficiencies and cost reduction through the use of smart lighting and facilities management.

Transforming the physical infrastructure that powers K-12 and higher education connected learning is the first step in the digital journey to enable the new education vision. Key trends for the digital campus include: increasing broadband and network capacity, migrating to cloud/hybrid infrastructure, mobility, student data privacy and moving the role of Chief Information Officer from administration to innovation, furthering the importance of transformation.

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On the learning side of the spectrum in K-12 and higher education, personalized learning, online productivity tools and non-traditional assessments are key. Content creation, virtual learning and research development are driven by Open Education Resources, Microcredentials, and the ability to research and collaborate across boundaries.

Underway in higher education specifically is an evolution of business models. By 2025 there will be more than 50 different business models in higher education, furthering the need to define core tenants and the technology that powers US institutions.

While institutions and schools in the United States have made great strides in digitizing education, there are still many opportunities to innovate in the classroom, on the campus – everywhere. Innovation is only truly limited by the educator’s imagination.

As an organization, we have the passion to solve complicated world issues through the thoughtful placement of technology. With Cisco’s reliable and easy-to-access solutions, we can not only drive the technology that powers key education trends, but we can continuously inspire the imaginations of educators across the country to spark innovation in their classrooms and communities.