What might be the ultimate impact of today’s trends, insights, and innovations on the students in your classroom? And, what can you do to ensure that the technology you use has a positive effect on student engagement, outcomes, and success?

As an educator in today’s environment, we’re sure you ponder these questions from time to time—if not all the time. We recently asked several members of Cengage Learning’s leadership team to give us their thoughts on the top edtech trends. See what they had to say below!

Upcoming trends in Edtech, as seen by Cengage Learning’s leadership

Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage LearningMichael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer:
I look at technology not as the answer to all of our education challenges, but rather, as an enabler for innovation. Technology, for the first time, makes the learning experience truly transparent. With technology, we can actually see how people learn. We can map it, and understand why people learn in different ways. We can begin to understand what features make students understand a certain concept or struggle with it. Through the power of technology, we can start to design and customize educational approaches based on this understanding. That is exciting—and as we continue to “learn more about learning” in the coming year, we will begin to see real improvement in outcomes for our students.

GGeorge Moore, CTO, Cengage Learningeorge Moore, Chief Technology Officer:
Technology continues to reinvent itself, providing opportunities to help hundreds of millions of students learn.

With this massive growth, edtech companies will need to keep the focus on the student and up their game on stability, reliability and support.


Jim Donohue, Chief Product Officer, Cengage LearningJim Donohue, Chief Product Officer:
Digital learning tools will evolve to become not just student friendly, but life friendly.

Products built without vast amounts of feedback from the end user—the student—will fail.



Heather Hiles, Senior Education Advisor for Cengage LearningHeather Hiles, Senior Education Advisor for Cengage Learning:
Students will increasingly challenge the status quo of today’s higher education system. Through empowerment and engagement, they will take control of their learning paths and demand products that are customized to fit their lifestyles. They will ask more questions and expect more from their academic institutions, educational materials and learning products. Digital tools will continue to evolve allowing for a more holistic picture of skills and competencies, which will lead to more fulfilling outcomes for students. Students will continue to gain more agency—as consumers of programs and tech, and owners of their own content.

Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer, Learning ObjectsJon Mott, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Objects:
Institutions will increasingly focus on their accountabilities to students (and other stakeholders) at the degree program level. While much energy and money has been spent improving courses, this shift will lead to similar (if not larger) investments in program design, development, and delivery. One of the most important “hard work” components of this process will be developing valid, authentic assessments of programmatic learning goals.

Paul Gazzolo, SVP and General Manger, GalePaul Gazzolo, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Gale:
Digital humanities efforts grow substantially as computer science and humanities departments partner with academic libraries to make new research discoveries using text and data mining. This digital humanities surge provides an opportunity for academic libraries to be seen in a new light, collaborate more with faculty and university leaders, and demonstrate their value for student and faculty success.

Digital usage in K-12 over takes print as demand for online curriculum portals, ebooks and the need to access learning materials on-the-go increases. Students will expect learning content to find them—on their mobile devices, tablets or computers—not the other way around.

What are your own predictions for the top edtech trends of 2016? Share your thoughts in the comments!