EdTech companies have supported higher education operations for years and yet, modern smart technology introduced by Industry 4.0 is transforming all facets of higher education, including international operations and programming. Savvy international educators recognize that new directions in EdTech have the potential to revolutionize the next generation of international education. This compilation includes those innovative EdTech companies that have already begun to shape a new era of international learning and engagement, with a particular emphasis on those platforms of particular relevance to U.S. operations and programming.
Education Technology (“EdTech”) broadly refers to the technological tools and media that assist in the communication, development, or exchange of knowledge. Examples of EdTech include data and content management systems, social and interactive digital learning environments, and other platforms that facilitate learning and performance.
To identify those EdTech companies that support international education operations and programming, a select group of notable international education leaders and EdTech professionals from across the United States were surveyed.
To qualify for inclusion, a company, or its platform, must meet each of the following criteria:
Please note that this compilation has been developed with fidelity to these survey findings and as such, may not include all EdTech companies supporting international learning and engagement. Similarly, some EdTech companies, or their respective platforms, may be engaged in other knowledge communities or supporting key functions not noted here.
These findings suggest that the current state of EdTech for international higher education is marked by several trends:
International higher education has numerous professional focus areas. As such, this compilation was structured around the five knowledge community classifications employed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
The eight key functions included here address common activities and responsibilities that span all aspects of international programming and operations. For example, both education abroad and international student recruitment rely on enrollment management technologies.
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A relative newcomer to international higher education, Podium Education is partnering with U.S. colleges and universities to offer innovative Global Tech Programs. These programs produce global-ready graduates who are equipped for a multicultural work environment with in-demand tech skills and intercultural competency. Their quick launch, turn-key programs are re-imagining international education.
Although not yet technically an EdTech company (and thus, not listed here), IntelePeer is quickly adapting its award-winning technology to deliver an omnichannel communications platform with the potential to transform international student recruitment, enrollment management and alumni engagement.
Vioo is a relative newcomer to international education with their innovative platform for international student recruitment. With Vioo, prospective students can explore hundreds of real-life college student videos, request on-demand video content depicting the ins-and-outs of college life in the U.S. Via Vioo’s UniTalks, groups of prospective high school students can discuss a range of topics with current students, from academic matters to student life.
With the goal of highlighting those EdTech platforms that have the potential to transform next generational international learning and engagement, this compilation was developed February 2021 by:
Ms. Erin Niday is an international education practitioner and higher education researcher. Among her expertise includes a strong focus on promoting student success and the effective utilization of educational technology. She was among the fall 2020 cohort of the Gateway Leadership Institute.
Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is the managing partner of Gateway International Group and is a well- respected educator with over 25 years of experience in international higher education. He has held senior leadership positions at four major research institutions and has produced numerous publications focused on international higher education.
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