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What’s Next for Ed Tech in 2024

Lauren Coffey

Inside Higher Education

Jan 4, 2024

Artificial intelligence as the brain on the motherboard

After a 2023 filled with “metaversities,” robots rolling across campuses and artificial intelligence tools spurring both anxiety and excitement, what could this coming year have in store for higher ed technology? Inside Higher Ed spoke with experts who predicted what might be next for classrooms and institutions in the months ahead.

AI for Teaching

The star of the show is, unsurprisingly, AI.

“It’s the way of the future, and it’s almost like, ‘Get out of the way or get run over,’” said Marco Johnson, president and CEO of Accreditation Advisors Group. “And if you’re not jumping on the train, you better hop off, because you can’t stop it.”

After going mainstream following the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in November 2022, AI started appearing in many classrooms last spring. Adoption continued in last fall, with college students across the nation turning to AI tools. Meanwhile, institutions began using AI for enterprise functions, such as streamlining admissions and financial aid processes and creating courses on ChatGPT.

Next up could be greater adoption of AI as a teaching tool.