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Up-and-coming technologies hold a lot of promise for students, faculty members, and administrators in higher education. Systems being developed by software companies, as well as some innovations created at academic institutions, offer the potential to help track student advancement, identify issues facing struggling students, and help reduce cheating in online courses.

A recent article in Education Drive highlights 13 technologies that have won awards and recognition for their potential to impact higher education in the coming year.

The article, “13 Higher Ed Tech Tools and Approaches to Watch in 2015,” was written by Education Drive contributing editor Keith Button. Button reviewed several professional publications and awards lists to identify promising technologies emerging in higher education. Those publications and awards include CIO Review’s 20 Most Promising Education Tech Solution Providers list, the WOW higher ed technology awards from the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, and the e.Republic Center for Digital Education’s ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.

Featured technologies within the article include:

  1. Biometric Signature ID, a system used to verify the identity of students taking online exams and quizzes.
  2. FlexPath, a competency-based assessment tool built by Capella University to measure subject mastery using a self-paced approach.
  3. Civitas Learning, an organization that creates applications to help colleges and universities identify and assist students who are struggling academically.
  4. Intellipath, an online tool used to support student learning in the MBA program at Colorado Technical University.
  5. Ellucian, a company that provides software and services for student recruitment, retention, academic advising, career planning, and records management.
  6. OWL, an online writing lab created by Excelsior College that supports foundational written communication skills.
  7. Hitachi ID Systems, a permissions-based solution that helps academic institutions manage and control system access for internal and external users.
  8. iDashboards, a software application that helps schools track key indicators related to student performance, enrollment, retention, graduation rates, and more in a dynamic visual environment.
  9. Learning Studios, a system created at Johnson County Community College (in Kansas) that provides highly accessible and technology-enhanced learning spaces to enhance student success.
  10. Respondus, a company that has created a browser-locking application to prevent students from cheating on online exams.
  11. Skillport, a learning management system created by Skillsoft to support online learning environments with on-demand courses and online video content.
  12. U-Pace, a learning management system developed by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to provide an instructor-supported, self-paced, online learning environment.
  13. Proctortrack, a system created by Verificient Technologies that focuses on eliminating cheating on online tests by monitoring students and their test environments to assure the correct person is taking the exam and is using only allowed resources.

The full Education Drive article and videos of all 13 technologies are available at

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