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Gilfus Education Group Predicts Top Five Education Innovation Trends

Attendees of Educause 2010 Can Witness Tangible Evidence of Emerging Education Technology And Digital Content Trends

Anaheim, CA (PRWEB) October 12, 2010 - The Gilfus Education Group announced its annual education industry predictions today, foreshadowing major concepts on the horizon for technology and digital content in academic and administrative education applications.

"Over the past several years we have had the privilege to work closely with scores of colleges, universities, school districts, private schools, vendors to academic institutions and education investors. Institutions are challenged more than ever to deliver higher quality instruction in a more efficient and accountable manner. More and more educators are depending on technology to help them address their challenges" said Stephen Gilfus, President and CEO of the Gilfus Education Group. "As a founder of Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBB), I have also watched student expectations rise tremendously over the years with regard to the quality of teaching as well as to the quality of the technology and content that support learning."

As an independent consulting organization based in Washington, DC the Gilfus Education Group predicts the following top five trends in education innovation:
- Rapid adoption of eTextbooks by faculty and students, along with eTextbook platforms by colleges.
- Upsurge of mobile devices and applications that facilitate better learning experiences.
- Major advancements in academic analytics capabilities that elevate eLearning intelligence.
- Launch of administrative platforms focused on providing improved services to lifelong learners.
- Rise of major media organizations providing digital education applications with high production values.

The Gilfus Education Group invites all industry participants including, administrators, faculty, students, publishers, technologists, industry analysts and investors to discuss these trends during the Educause 2010 conference at Booth #2146 and #2148 in Anaheim, California, beginning today.

Several of the company's clients and partners will be available for discussion throughout the conference. In addition, at Educause, the Gilfus Education Group will be releasing a thought leadership position paper about the need for higher education institutions to better support lifelong learners.

"With classroom lectures, the intense use of books, and the ongoing dialogue between instructors and students, there has always been a performance aspect to education," said Frank Ganis, a General Partner at the Gilfus Education Group. "Technology platforms are beginning to support rich collaborations between instructors and students, and importantly also among fellow students. With such collaboration combined with a growing wealth of academic content in multimedia formats, education can scale to new heights, and will soon take its rightful place as a true media industry."

ABOUT THE GILFUS EDUCATION GROUP
Based in Washington, DC, the Gilfus Education Group delivers education innovation by bringing refreshing clarity and a pragmatic approach to academic and corporate enterprises through educational, technology, and business consulting. The company provides a wide array of services to clients across the United States and around the world, offering insightful and diversified expertise to the education industry. Since 1997, the Gilfus Education Group team has served thousands of universities, colleges, schools, academic content providers, and education and technology companies in meeting their mission critical planning and technology needs. The group consists of individuals of the highest caliber talent and experience in educational research, strategy, planning, and technical implementation services representing capabilities for meeting organizational objectives and compliance, evaluating education quality and outcomes, and supporting technical integration, infrastructure, and delivery.