Identifying trends in a Learning Services context

Bullet list of trends from Horizon Reports

Tablet computing
Mobile Apps
Learning analytics
Personal learning environments
Mobile learning
Competency based credentials
Electronic interactive books
Open educational resources
Flipped classrooms
Social media
Cloud computing

Two major trends:

1. Learning analytics – This is comprehensive data analysis at every level of the organisation, and can be used to analyse learning and teaching trends. It could be very useful in student services for analysing student-related data to identify at-risk students immediately and possible reasons (eg. Non-attendance, programme effectiveness). So it supports student retention and a more personalised learning experience.

2. Mobile learning – I think this really now encompasses tablet computing and mobile Apps. It includes all kinds of mobile devices and mobile Apps giving access to a huge range of educational resources and communication opportunities via the internet. I was thinking of choosing Personal Learning Environments as a major trend here but think that in many respects mobile learning will allow students to create their own PLE. In my context, mobile learning will allow resources to be optimised for the learner, with a growing number of Apps that allow students to learn in ways that suit them, using a range of different media. What is also exciting is the growing ability of institutions to develop their own Apps to enhance their specific teaching and learning needs.

An interesting graphic I found:

Envisioning Technology. (2013). Retrieved August 7, 2013, from


One thought on “Identifying trends in a Learning Services context

  1. Interesting Kevin.
    Mobile learning can happen anywhere: in a classroom, at the dining room table, on a bus, in front of a science exhibit, at the zoo…anywhere! Portability is not as important as the ability of the learner to connect, communicate, collaborate, and create using tools that are readily at hand.

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