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The Power and Potential of Analytics in Higher Education | EDUCAUSE.edu

The Power and Potential of Analytics in Higher Education | EDUCAUSE.edu | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

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This webinar will focus on the higher education ecosystem of analytics and the interrelationships of data developed for standard reports to query and inform stakeholders about student outcomes. Analytics assist in understanding why patterns are occurring and what may be predicted to happen next. The goal is to develop actionable analytics to meet student needs and optimize success. The session will address challenges including institutional capacity, talent, collaborative skills, and balancing institutional needs with current vendor solutions.

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EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint
Join EDUCAUSE, July 24–26, for a focused discussion about analytics—a tool campuses are using to address accountability, affordability, efficiency, competitiveness, and student success.
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Analytics 3-Day Sprint - Summary | EDUCAUSE.edu

Analytics 3-Day Sprint - Summary | EDUCAUSE.edu | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

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This brief summarizes the main themes from the EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, held July 24–26, 2012. Presenters and participants exchanged ideas and information via webinars, online conversations, Twitter, and blog posts

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UNow and the Mythologies of Higher Ed | Inside Higher Ed

UNow and the Mythologies of Higher Ed | Inside Higher Ed | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

“The mythology of higher education has to change,” UniversityNow founder Gene Wade told me when we talked earlier this week. In other words, what is the purpose of higher education: Is college about a residential experience for those age 18–22? Is it about career readiness and professional training? Is it about a liberal arts education? Is it about advanced learning? Is it a series of steps (credits) one takes in order to get a diploma?

 

Wade believes his startup UniversityNow provides both a challenge to some of those myths and an alternative for students who might not otherwise be able to afford college. UniversityNow runs New Charter University, which opened earlier this year, and the for-profit announced today that it’s raised $17.3 million in Series B funding, bringing the total raised to $21.5 million. It has also received a $300,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to research its model.

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Berkeley Contributes Online-Learning Platform to edX - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Berkeley Contributes Online-Learning Platform to edX - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have each contributed $30-million to the edX online-learning program, but a third university will provide technology instead. The University of California at Berkeley is bringing a new online platform to the project.

 

The nonprofit group edX is working to create courses specifically for online learning; seven of them will start this fall. The new platform, called CourseSharing, allows students to complete multiple-choice assignments online and receive automated grades and feedback as soon as they click “submit.”

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Google’s Cloud Platform Partner Program Could Benefit Analytics Firms

Google’s Cloud Platform Partner Program Could Benefit Analytics Firms | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it
RT @slashdot: Google’s newly launched Cloud Platform Partner Program could benefit companies offering analytics services.
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"No More Excuses": Michael M. Crow on Analytics (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

"No More Excuses": Michael M. Crow on Analytics (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

Quote: President Crow attributes much of this success to the use of analytics. Recently, EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger talked with Crow about why the university moved toward using analytics, how ASU has implemented analytics, where there could be problems, and what he sees ahead.

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Analytics that Inform the University: Using Data You Already Have | The Sloan Consortium

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The authors describe the top-down / bottom-up action analytics approach to using data to inform decision-making at the University of Central Florida. The top-down approach utilizes information about programs, modalities, and college implementation of Web initiatives. The bottom-up approach continuously monitors outcomes attributable to distributed learning, including student ratings and student success. Combined, this top-down/bottom up approach becomes a powerful means for using large extant university datasets to provide significant insights that can be instrumental in strategic planning.

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Learning to Love Data - Head Count - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Learning to Love Data - Head Count - The Chronicle of Higher Education | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

Abstract: Data can help a financial-aid office make strategic decisions. In a guest post today, Christine Saadi describes how she came to embrace data’s potential, even though she prefers working with people to working with numbers. Ms. Saadi, director of student financial planning at Alvernia University, will present on a panel on this topic at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators conference on Sunday.

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EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 1 Recap: What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education? | EDUCAUSE.edu

EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 1 Recap: What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education? | EDUCAUSE.edu | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

Quote: The EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint kicked off today, with the theme “What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education?” A broad question, indeed, reflected in the wide-ranging comments and discussion, both in today’s webinar and in the many side and back channels of communication.

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Using Big Data to Predict Online Student Success | Inside Higher Ed

Using Big Data to Predict Online Student Success | Inside Higher Ed | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

New students are more likely to drop out of online colleges if they take full courseloads than if they enroll part time, according to findings from a research project that is challenging conventional wisdom about student success.

 

But perhaps more important than that potentially game-changing nugget, researchers said, is how the project has chipped away at skepticism in higher education about the power of “big data.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/02/01/using-big-data-predict-online-student-success#ixzz21e2kffrP
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Libraries and Analytics: Learning analytics at Penn State

Libraries and Analytics: Learning analytics at Penn State | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

What is Penn State planning to do with learning analytics? As a faculty member at Penn State, I'm interested in this question, so I've tried to explore this question over the past few months.

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The 10 Smartest Web Analytics Tools

The 10 Smartest Web Analytics Tools | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it
These tools offer an easy and inexpensive (sometimes free!) way to know everything about your website.
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Your Guide to Recovering from Google Penguin

Your Guide to Recovering from Google Penguin | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it
Many businesses are still in panic mode as they try to escape the depths of a Google Penguin ranking penalty. Here's how to fix it.
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Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model - e-Literate

Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model - e-Literate | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

Given the hype of national media coverage of massive open online courses (MOOCs), it is refreshing to see more recent analysis looking at important attributes such as revenue models, dropout rates, and instructional design. Steve Kolowich at Inside Higher Ed wrote a revealing and important article looking at early demographic data. Jeff Young at the Chronicle wrote an excellent article about Coursera’s contract with the University of Michigan, along with key insights into Coursera’s and the university’s motivations. Audrey Watters, in response to an article in the Atlantic, asks the tough question of whether we should care about the high dropout rates of current courses offered in this new model.

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Coursera Throws a 'Massive Open Cookout' - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Coursera Throws a 'Massive Open Cookout' - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

Call it a "massive open cookout." Coursera, a company that is working with more than a dozen elite universities to help them run MOOC's, or massive open online courses, held its first official "meetup" here on Saturday for students and professors to connect in person over burgers, chips, and soda.

It was a chance for even the company itself to learn more about what motivates students to take its courses, which bear no official academic credit.

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Podcast: John Campbell and George Siemens on Using Analytics | EDUCAUSE.edu

Podcast: John Campbell and George Siemens on Using Analytics | EDUCAUSE.edu | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

Quote: In this podcast, Executive Director of Administrative Information Services at Princeton University, Colin Currie, talks analytics with George Siemens and John Campbell. Siemens is associate director for the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University and John Campbell is associate vice president of academic technologies for Purdue University.

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RSAC 2012 Keynote - Focus on Innovation: Putting Breakthrough Thinking into Action - Sal Khan

RSAC 2012 Keynote - Focus on Innovation: Putting Breakthrough Thinking into Action - Sal Khan | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it
Sal Khan Founder Khan Academy Sal Khan started the Khan Academy with a simple but innovative idea: to provide world-class education to anyone, anywhere. His ...
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EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 2 Recap: Analytics for Teaching, Learning, and Student Success | EDUCAUSE.edu

EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 2 Recap: Analytics for Teaching, Learning, and Student Success | EDUCAUSE.edu | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it

Quote: The focus of today’s Sprint activities moved from general issues for higher education into the area of teaching and learning, an area that seemed to strike participants as either the most or the least reasonable place to apply analytics. On the one hand, teaching is the core mission of every college and university, and if using data in new ways can benefit an institution’s teaching, who wouldn’t support that? On the other hand, the magic of learning depends on subtleties and dynamics that can’t be reduced to numbers, doesn’t it?

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The Rise of Analytics-Driven Decisions | University Business Magazine

The Rise of Analytics-Driven Decisions | University Business Magazine | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it
News, Articles and Community for higher education decision makers. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.
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Data Science and Prediction, by Vasant Dhar: What does Data Science mean?

Data Science and Prediction, by Vasant Dhar: What does Data Science mean? | EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint | Scoop.it
The use of the term Data Science is becoming increasingly common along with Big Data. What does Data Science mean? Is there something unique about it?
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Enabling academics to apply learning analytics to individual pedagogical practice: how and with what impacts?

Thanks to @cj13 for the heads up about the EDUCAUSE analytics sprint in the midst of moving, conferences, end/start of term and grant writing I missed it. Found it interesting that the first thing ...
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Putting the Humanity into Analytics | IntelTrax

July 23, 2012–The humanity in analytics has long been what was missing. However, big data is taking a deeper look at its users and those... Article; Comments (0). July 23, 2012–The humanity in analytics has long been what was missing.
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