Distance Education and e-Learning Metrics Survey 2016

Usage & User Preferences in Higher Education and K-12 Markets

This survey of 264 Higher Education and primary / secondary educators examines usage of lecture capture / streaming; PC-based, video-centric collaboration; PC-based, content-centric web conferencing; online collaborative learning workspaces; group / classroom video conferencing, Learning Relationship Management, and interactive whiteboards.  The report explores penetration and adoption rates by brand, purchase criteria, and benefits received.  The survey also explores the amount of on-demand recorded video content being reviewed, by segment and m-Learning, and educator perspectives on their learner behaviors with mobile devices. New for the 2016 survey: Learning Relationship Management (Fidelis Education, Motivis, Epiphany Learning, etc.) as well as an institutional self-assessment regarding usage of collaborative technologies for teaching and learning.

Several clear trends are apparent:

  • Google continues to dominate the areas in which it enters such as collaborative learning spaces, though Microsoft is beginning to show up in its areas of focus
  • Those same collaborative teaching and learning platforms are the big story this year, showing significant growth over 2015
  • Unified Communications is on the rise, especially in Higher Education
  • The nascent areas of Learning Relationship Management is achieving much faster awareness than was seen in the area of Learning Management Systems
  • Learners are reviewing more on-demand class material on their mobile devices than ever before, now outpacing their use of mobile devices for real-time video conferencing or other social behaviors.
  • One in three (35%) of respondents believe their institutions are “digital light” or just getting started with collaborative technologies

These and many other data points on each of the technologies covered are available in the full report.

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25 Oct 2016
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