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Big Data's Opportunities, Responsibilities For Education
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Charlotte_beestar
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3/6/2013 | 2:36:21 PM
re: Big Data's Opportunities, Responsibilities For Education
We've done a lot of research on how data analysis can keep students on track and improve college retention rates for the development of our learning analytics system InsightGäó, that combines automated attendance with other data (through case studies/focus groups/etc). The comment that we hear a lot from students, is that they live in a world in which (performance) metrics are instantly available to them everywhere except for the thing that matters most: their education. Finances can be scrutinized using Mint.com, football results and stats are available instantly; their blog details are available 24/7, but in education they only have their grades to go on- and those often don't arrive straight away.

The NMC predicted that big data as used in education analytics will really kick off in a couple of years and, going by the amount of research carried out in this field I think it will become increasingly important as a tool to manage students, courses and campus facilities.

In case you're interested, I've attached some screenshots of how we've visualised student and course data.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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2/25/2013 | 3:35:47 PM
re: Big Data's Opportunities, Responsibilities For Education
Thanks for your comment. Do you have suggestions on where that dialog should start? Do you think the biggest issues are ethical, or simply questions about using data effectively?
J. Nicholas Hoover
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J. Nicholas Hoover,
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2/25/2013 | 2:04:07 PM
re: Big Data's Opportunities, Responsibilities For Education
I'd like to see that broader dialogue about the use of big data in education. Data-driven education policy is something that I'm frankly not hearing enough about.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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2/21/2013 | 9:11:03 PM
re: Big Data's Opportunities, Responsibilities For Education
This is a thoughtful essay, but for context readers should probably consider how Microsoft is trying to position itself versus Google, with education being one of the markets where the two companies are dueling.

Check out Time Magazine's Harry McCracken on "How Microsoft Scroogled Itself"
http://techland.time.com/2013/...


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