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How to use Big Data analytics in Higher Education

11th Mar `14, 06:59 AM in Education

I taught in a Primary School for a couple of months during my undergraduate days. Besides learning that…

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I taught in a Primary School for a couple of months during my undergraduate days. Besides learning that it’s not really a career for anyone (particularly me), I realised how time-challenged most teachers are.

Edutech solutions have long promised to make teachers’ work easier and improve learning outcomes – but what’s new is the enthusiasm that higher education CIOs and administrators express for Big Data analytics. (You know you’re nearing the top of the hype cycle when non-technical types start asking for your opinion on the ‘next hot technology’.)

Here are three key areas that tertiary campuses are focusing their attention on as they seek to harness their digital assets using Big Data analytics:

1. Student Engagement
The University of Tasmania (UTAS), a public Australian university with a student population of 26,800, has recently deployed a Learning Management System (LMS) that tracks learning engagement.

“The LMS allows us to monitor how often a student logs on to the system, which pages were visited, how much time was spent on each page and the individual’s progress over time,” UTAS CIO Jeff Murray told me.

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