Published on January 3, 2024, 9:06 am

Arizona State University (ASU) is hosting the 100 Year EdTech Project Design Summit from February 29 to March 1 at its campus in Scottsdale, Arizona. In an interview with ASU enterprise CIO Lev Gonick, we gained insights into the event, ASU’s history with online education, and the current trends in educational technology.

ASU has been a pioneer in online education for over a decade. It was one of the first universities to venture into the online education economy, with just 400 students in its initial cohort. Since then, the university’s online enrollment has experienced explosive growth. Last year, ASU surpassed its on-campus student population for the first time, making it the largest university in the United States with a total of 175,000 students.

One of ASU’s key focus areas is inclusivity. The university attracts many nontraditional students and has formed partnerships with large employers like Starbucks and Uber. These partnerships cover tuition costs for employees seeking to start or complete their degrees. ASU’s commitment to quality online education is evident in success stories like a pre-med student who completed her degree online and subsequently enrolled at the Mayo Clinic.

Given ASU’s extensive experience and achievements in online education, it is well-positioned to influence and shape the future of EdTech through events like the upcoming design summit.

The 100 Year EdTech Project Design Summit emerged from a retrospective event held by ASU about a year ago in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This earlier gathering brought together designers, technologists, educators, and students to reflect on advances made over the last 50 years in educational technology. Encouraged by this successful retrospective session, participants decided to embark on another meeting focused on envisioning the next 50 years.

The Design Summit will assemble various stakeholders such as current students, academic leaders specializing in learning engineering, instructional designers, and technologists. Together, they will collaborate to design the future of EdTech by addressing crucial questions like what the world will look like in 50 years, how education can empower communities, and the role of technology.

The summit will be an immersive, in-person event attended by approximately 150 participants. While there will be a recording available, the main emphasis is on engaging in hands-on design sessions rather than presenting at a public forum.

The guiding principle driving the discussions at the summit is leveraging technology to provide high-quality educational opportunities for diverse learner groups worldwide. Topics of focus include supporting emerging technologies like AI, exploring ethical considerations when utilizing technology, and optimizing technology interfaces. The aim is to not only listen to experts but also actively contribute to designing and shaping outputs that others can build upon.

Several vendors have partnered with ASU as sponsors for the Design Summit activities. They are looking forward to participating in working sessions and gauging if their ideas resonate with the attendees. The outputs generated during the event will be disseminated through various platforms such as podcasts, publications, newsletters, and blogs within the education market.

Furthermore, this event will receive coverage from “the Horizon Report,” a widely-read publication forecasting technology trends in higher education. The report reaches millions of readers annually.

According to Lev Gonick, numerous new technologies are on the horizon that could greatly enhance engagement and learning outcomes for students across universities, K-12 schools, museums, libraries, and other educational settings.

The 100 Year EdTech Design Project represents a transformative journey that aims to provide valuable insights and innovative ideas for classrooms of tomorrow. By bringing together key stakeholders and fostering collaboration among experts in educational technology, ASU continues to drive advancements that will shape the future of education.

The original article can be found at Acceleration Economy.


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