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Ed-Tech: Making Smart Investments

by Meris Stansbury

eCampus News

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4 characteristics of a good ed tech investment

Forget MOOCS, say technology investors. What higher education institutions should invest in are personalized learning platforms that provide simple data on outcomes. This was the main take-away from a panel hosted by the National Education Association (NEA) on investing in education.

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Use Relevant Criteria to Aid Technology Selection Decisions

With so many technology options available to educators it can be difficult to know where to focus; a recent NEA panel provides some insights into investments that may pay off—and some that may not. According to the panel, there are four characteristics of a good investment: it includes a mass-market technology component, it is independently tested, it has great branding and distribution, and it isn’t too innovative. You may have items to add to this list. But, how can you leverage relevant criteria in your technology investments?

Having agreed-upon criteria in place is a good starting point. Beyond this, though, educational institutions need a process for identifying, evaluating and selecting technology options that is well communicated to all constituents to ensure consistency and quality across all settings.