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The Gartner Hype Cycle Report is a report from Gartner Inc. The Hype Cycle is a graphic tool used to represent the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications, and how they are potentially relevant to solving real business problems and exploiting new opportunities.

Based out of Stamford, Connecticut, Gartner is a company who claim to be “the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company”. (source: About Gartner)

The report, which has been in existence for 20 years, explores the strategic technologies that will drive the business and education industries. The report, available by signing up for free here, provides the technologies that Gartner recommends a higher education CIO should have a plan for in 2015. It is not a list of what education CIOs spend the most time or money on; it is a list of strategic technologies. The ranking is made by Gartner based on a global large public university, based on the same input and criteria as their top 10 business trends.

To save time registering, I have listed below their top 10 strategic technologies impacting education in 2015 and linked to what each technology means:

  • Adaptive Learning
  • Adaptive E-Textbooks
  • CRM
  • Big Data
  • Sourcing Strategies
  • Exostructure
  • Open Microcredentials
  • Digital Assessment
  • Mobile
  • Social Learning

To learn about each of the above technologies, the University of Minnesota has created an excellent resource about the Hype Cycle for Education. I highly recommend taking a look at to decipher the Gartner Report and the hype cycle.

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