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Data Change Everything

By Ellen Wagner

During the past several months there have been low background rumblings in the land of education and training, and the rumbling is starting to get louder. That is the sound of the learning world discovering what Internet professionals working in other vertical markets have known for years: The digital “breadcrumbs” that learners leave behind about their viewing, reading, engagement and assessment behaviors, interests and preferences provide massive amounts of data that can be mined to better personalize online experiences.

Learning analytics are all about applying statistics and research methods in the service of better informed, more accountable decision-making. We’re talking about using descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and predictive statistics on the data that we collect about, well, just about everything associated with Online Learning. eLearning. Distance Learning. Whatever you call it.

Continued at: http://elearningroadtrip.typepad.com/elearning_roadtrip/2011/04/data.html

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