Gartner’s hype cycle for education 2016

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There is – as every year – a new hype cycle for education by Gartner, with learning analytics at the peak of inflated expectations. You can check the list here, but a picture – that I found via this tweet – says more than a 1000 words:

Hype cycle 2016

As a reminder (from Wikipedia):

No. Phase Description
1 Technology Trigger A potential technology breakthrough kicks things off. Early proof-of-concept stories and media interest trigger significant publicity. Often no usable products exist and commercial viability is unproven.
2 Peak of Inflated Expectations Early publicity produces a number of success stories—often accompanied by scores of failures. Some companies take action; most don’t.
3 Trough of Disillusionment Interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver. Producers of the technology shake out or fail. Investments continue only if the surviving providers improve their products to the satisfaction of early adopters.
4 Slope…

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