Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education: A Supplement to the US National Education Technology Plan

This document is an outgrowth of the 2016 US National Education Technology Plan (NETP). The NETP presents a shared vision and call to action for transformational learning enabled by technology at all levels of our education system. Building on the work of leading education researchers; state, district, school, and higher education leaders; teachers; developers; entrepreneurs; and nonprofit organizations, the NETP recommends actions that would enable everywhere, all-the-time learning and ensure greater equity and accessibility to learning opportunities over the course of a learner’s lifetime. While the concepts, recommendations, and examples in the NETP are applicable to higher education and postsecondary learning, they draw extensively from P-12 frameworks and rely heavily on its terminology and promising practices, but are not primarily applicable to the complex context of postsecondary learning or devote specific focus to its promising practices.

This Higher Education Supplement to the 2016 NETP builds on the principles described in each of the NETP’s five sections—learning, teaching, leadership, assessment, and infrastructure— and examines them in the context of higher education. The supplement embraces the NETP themes of lifelong learning, equity, and accessibility and supports the NETP’s assertion that technology must serve the needs of a diverse group of students seeking access to high-quality postsecondary learning experiences, especially those students from diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds, students with disabilities, first-generation students, and working learners at varying life stages— all with differing educational goals, but who all share the desire to obtain a postsecondary credential.

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