How to Guarantee Success Adopting New Tech on Campus

Campuses often buy edtech software on the hopes of promised results. But low adoption and poor utilization by front-line educators too often lead to edtech failure.

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The Edtech Stakes Are High

Universities across the country drop big bucks on education technology tools.

Recent reports put 2018 edtech spending for U.S. higher education at $12.8 billion. That’s a bit more than the annual GDP of Sierra Leone—and unfortunately much of that money gets wasted. One study claimed “65 percent of student licenses were not used enough to meet any goals set by the product companies or school districts” (Daniel Stanhope, PhD, and Karl Rectanus, 2015)

Adoption of edtech promises to deliver lower costs, better results, and high-quality student outcomes. In reality, edtech is often difficult, expensive, and never fully adopted at all. How can organizations ensure they get the promised benefits? They start by understanding why edtech adoptions fall apart in the first place.

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