Technology Trends Affecting Higher Education in 2018 and Beyond

Workshop Session 2

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

From cloud-based resources and wearable technologies to augmented and virtual reality and autonomous vehicles, a steady stream of technological advances is impacting learning in unexpected ways. Bring your laptop or mobile device and engage through robust discussion and activities to explore the latest trends in learning technologies.


Dr. Vickie Cook is the Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) and Associate Research Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dr. Cook has been actively engaged providing consulting and faculty development with educational leaders across the U.S. and in Mexico. Her work has been published in a variety of national educational publications and serves as a reviewer for top journals in the field of online learning. She worked as part of a team that authored the UPCEA (University Professional & Continuing Education Association) Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership. She teaches online in the Masters of Arts in Education graduate degree program at University of Illinois Springfield. Her current research agenda focuses on two areas: 1) Exploring learning and professional development through a heutagogical lens; 2) The impact of a systems approach for online leadership. Dr. Cook has served on several regional and national committees, as well as having been a long time member of Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE) serving in multiple roles on the Executive Board; serves on the Board for the University Professionals & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA); has served as a mentor for the Association for Continuing and Higher Education (ACHE); is a member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and has served on program steering committees for the UPCEA Annual Conference and OLC Annual Conference. Dr. Cook curates top articles in online learning, online leadership, and pedagogy that she shares on LinkedIn and Twitter daily.
Ray Schroeder is Professor Emeritus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield and Director of the Center for Online Leadership at the University Continuing and Professional Education Association (UPCEA). Each year, Schroeder publishes and presents nationally in online and technology-enhanced learning. Ray publishes five daily blogs on various aspects of news, research, and trends in technology-enhanced learning in higher education. He is recipient of the 2002 Sloan-C award for the “Most Outstanding Achievement in ALN by an Individual,” University of Southern Maine “Visiting Scholar in Online Learning” 2006-2009 and inaugural 2010 recipient of the Sloan Consortium's highest Individual award - the A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award. Ray received the 2011 University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award. He is an inaugural Sloan Consortium Fellow, the 2012 Innovation Fellow for Digital Learning by the UPCEA, 2014 Illinois Council of Continuing Higher Education Past President's Award for Service, and 2016 United States Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame Award.
Rhonda Gregory is currently the Dean of Academic Support at Volunteer State Community College. In this role, she leads the College's distance learning department, the learning commons, library, and international education. Prior to coming to Volunteer State Community College, Gregory worked at Greenville College, a four-year school in Greenville, IL. She held several positions there over nine years, including director of instructional technology, adjunct instructor, academic adviser, instructional technologist and online learning program coordinator. She holds a doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis and a master of arts in teaching from Greenville University.

Extended Abstract

From cloud-based resources and wearable technologies to augmented and virtual reality and autonomous vehicles, a steady stream of technological advances will continue to impact learning in unexpected ways. Can a student learn while commuting in an autonomous car?  We will explore this question and other questions related to the intersection of the latest technology trends in higher education and how they will impact the online and traditional classrooms while focusing on student-centered learning and heutagogical practices.

Emerging technologies support heutagogy by making learning more pervasive and ubiquitous, giving learners more opportunities to determine what, where, when and with whom learning takes place. The concept of heutagogy expands our current thinking of pedagogy and andragogy to look at self-determined learning. Connecting information from a variety of fields and individuals is necessary to add depth and breadth to the self-determined learner's knowledge base. As educators, we can create the curiosity to find and explore connections between many sources while using emerging technologies that can lead learners to new knowledge and enhanced learning. 

Workshop participants will actively engage in dsicussions and activities that will lead to the following outcomes:

  1. explore the most recent trends and new learning technologies
  2. explore the definitions, continuum, and characteristics of pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy and the impact on student-centered teaching strategies
  3. participate in activities that will exemplify the characteristics of heutagogical approaches to learning
  4. discuss how the technologies being showcased can benefit the self-determined learner and accomplish specific desired learning outcomes using student-centered strategies

Participants are asked bring their own mobile device to use during the workshop. A website will be designed with robust information for the participants to explore during the workshop, as well as being a take-a-way to share with colleagues at their campuses for review and evaluation prior to the purchase or inetgration of technologies at their own institutions.   Further reseach and readings for contined learning after the workshop will be provided via the website for participants to explore through their own self-determined learning journey.  Strategies designed to keep students at the center of decision-making for technology strategies and adoption will be a focus throughout the workshop.