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Product Developers Weigh Ed-Tech Impacts on College Students

In a Tuesday panel, “Technology and the College Experience: How Institutions Can Exceed Learner Expectations,” product managers from Anthology, D2L and Turnitin discussed potentials and pitfalls of emerging technologies.

As universities and colleges continue to expand online course offerings amid a growing demand for flexibility, ed-tech companies are thinking about how to meet the needs of institutions and students with new learning management systems and other digital platforms.

With this in mind, several private-sector product managers spoke at the Learning Impact Conference in Nashville on Tuesday about how higher education institutions could provide the types of robust digital learning experiences K-12 schools have grown accustomed to in recent years. The ongoing conference is hosted by the nonprofit collaborative 1EdTech, formerly known as the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

In a panel titled “Technology and the College Experience: How Institutions Can Exceed Learner Expectations,” Turnitin Chief Product Officer Annie Chechitelli said higher-ed institutions may soon need to consider how advances in artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies will affect how student work is assessed. Noting that Google Docs suggests ways to complete sentences, she said, instructors will need to grapple with making sure assignments reflect authentic work from students.

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