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Big Data in Education – Examples of Information Analysis for Predicting Student Success

By The Explanation Research Update

It’s nice to see that Big Data has made it onto the Gartner Hype Cycle for 2011.  Of course, all this really means is that plenty of folks are talking about it and that it has made its way into the enterprise sales jargon.  But, lest you grow overly skeptical, bear in mind that there really has been a change in information over the past decade.

First, as the name “Big Data” implies, we are dealing with larger amounts of information from more devices than we used to.  In this decade, the number of mobile devices globally will grow to more than 10 billion, and each of these “terminals” represents a powerful computer capable of creating and sending large amounts of data.  In addition to this explosion of data input devices, the Web has also created new types of information and information relationships.  Up to 7,000 tweets per second, 175,000,000+ per day, and more than 1 billion each week are sent out on Twitter.  750,000,000+ people are using Facebook for everything from photo browsing to intense gaming.  Between 35-40 hours of video footage is uploaded to YouTube every minute but, just as important, more than 2 billion videos are viewed each day.  And, it’s not simply that users are generating more and different types of information through these Web sites, but they are also doing so at random and uncontrolled intervals.

“Okay, okay,” you say.  “I get the point.  But what does this have to do with education and learning?”  Well, just like the rest of the Web-based world, the amount of information in education – structured and unstructured – has blown up in the past decade.  Learners are creating more information, and they are making learning connections in increasingly complex ways.  Depending on how you look at it, this is either a pretty darn big nuisance or an opportunity for learning breakthrough.  More information about learner activity could help us determine with much greater accuracy what works best in our curricula and pedagogy.

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