Big Data and Higher Education (Infographic)
by Jenna Dutcher, School of Information in Berkeley University
More than 6.7 million students took an online course in 2011…were you one of them? Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets and Innovative Approaches , a new book from the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education and Skills , says that at scale, higher education’s migration to online will redefine what it means to provide a great education to students.
The availability of user interaction data is a game changer in online education. By measuring the time a student spends on a module or question, professors can assess how well an assignment performs for any one subgroup of students and identify areas of difficulty for a class or individual learner. Technology-focused degrees like data science programs take place on the web itself, allowing graduates to gain a comfort level with the space they will be working in every day. This ability to improve the student learning experience in real-time is unprecedented in the higher education field.
In this infographic, datascience@berkeley and the Global Agenda Council have teamed up to paint a picture of the higher education online landscape — including the benefits of online education, inherent barriers, and key players in the space today. The confluence of big data and higher education represents a permanent change to the learning landscape, one from which students, faculty, and entire areas of study will benefit. Take a moment to learn a little more about this academic revolution.
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