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Where Instructional Design Meets Big Data

By Reuben Tozman

“We didn’t cause the business to achieve its objectives, but our data supports the system for helping the business achieve its objectives. You can do this by designing your interventions to work within the system (I’m not talking LMS or any technology for that matter) and generating data that’s important for the business.”

The business environment, learner profiles, training environment, and IT infrastructure are all things that instructional designers consider in their design plans. For many in the instructional design space, the term big data is something that is probably neither interesting nor relevant to the craft of design.

In the coursework leading to a master’s in educational technology, any discussion about using data to inform the design process is generally tied to creating courses that improve test scores. There is nothing about designing experiences to generate a certain and specific type of data.

Where does big data fit in?

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