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Unique biweekly insights and news review from Ray Schroeder, Senior Fellow at UPCEA.

Tech Trends in Higher Ed: Metaverse, NFT and DAO

December 1, 2021

The next few years in higher education promise to herald a tech revolution. Delivery modes will be the most visible, but autonomous and related smart tech may be the most impactful. The pandemic has served to accelerate tech changes in higher education. Certainly, remote and the more refined online learning modes have been advanced through…

Higher Ed from Static to Dynamic

November 18, 2021

The numbers paint a clear picture of change in demand for higher education. Still unclear is if colleges will adapt from static schools to dynamic institutions in time to survive and thrive. Businesses are accustomed to changes in the marketplace. The demographics of customers and clients change through time. Products and services are constantly under scrutiny to…

Higher Education’s Role in the Era of the Great Resignation

November 4, 2021

The numbers are startling. In the wake of deadly Covid infections, quarantines, and isolation, nearly three percent of the entire U.S. workforce resigned in the month of August alone. What is higher ed’s role re-shaping careers and lives? Hidden behind the hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S., the failure of thousands of businesses, the pervasive…

Is the Metaverse Finally Emerging?

October 21, 2021

The Web is constantly evolving.  Emerging now is a more immersive 3D environment that features augmented reality (AU), virtual reality (VR), and persistent connections.  It is called the “Metaverse,” and it may transform online learning. Coming out of science fiction is the vision of a three-dimensional Web in which we all are connected virtually, wherever…

No Return to ‘Normal’

October 8, 2021

The placid ivy-covered walls and calm quad will remain when COVID is vanquished, but the university will never be the same. We are forever changed — by the disease and by the advance of technology and competition in this, the fourth industrial revolution. It has been said that you could walk into a classroom at…

Higher Ed: Short Term & Long Term

September 23, 2021

We are witnessing the remaking of higher education. Strategies for mainstream colleges and universities must change from the short term to the long term as large-scale collaboratives and huge corporations enter the field. The pandemic has accelerated trends that were already established in the past decade. Over the prior centuries, universities competed for students with…

Ray Schroeder 2016 Summit for Online Leadership

Ray Schroeder is Professor Emeritus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and Senior Fellow at UPCEA. Each year, Ray publishes and presents nationally on emerging topics in online and technology-enhanced learning. Ray’s social media publications daily reach more than 12,000 professionals. He is the inaugural recipient of the A. Frank Mayadas Online Leadership Award, recipient of the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award, the United States Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame Award, and the American Journal of Distance Education/University of Wisconsin Wedemeyer Excellence in Distance Education Award 2016.