Some things can never change when the concept of internet boom is taken into account. Since the dawn of human civilization, data has been at the forefront — dominating every piece of innovation. Over the period of centuries, we have evolved and so has the information sources— resulting in the emergence of ecommerce boon.
The data dashboard has become more sophisticated, but it is still only one lens through which educators should view their students When Amber Teamann was a teacher in Garland, Texas, seven years ago, her use of data to help guide her instruction was fairly limited.
“Based on the programs I was using, I could evaluate how to differentiate instruction for my students,” she said. But tracking how well her students were meeting specific grade-level standards at any moment during the year wasn’t an option for her at that time, nor was looking at larger trends until after the school year had ended.
Some of us have assessed the situation, & the prognosis is not good for the test. We might be witnessing the death of testing.
I know that it is sad news for some, but more than a few of us have assessed the situation, and the prognosis is not good for our friend (or perhaps the arch enemy to others of us), the test. We might be witnessing the death of testing. Tests are not going away tomorrow or even next year, but their value will fade over the upcoming years until, finally, tests are, once and for all, a thing of the past. At least that is one possible future.
In institutional core data, a course boils down to one data point per learner: the grade. In course management systems, a course easily produces five orders of magnitude more data points per learner. Do we really need two worlds of learning analytics?
“Giving students their own digital domain is a radical act. It gives them the ability to work on the Web and with the Web.” By Audrey Watters
Student privacy has become one of the hottest issues in education, with some 170 bills proposed so far this year that would regulate it. These legislative efforts stress the need to protect students when they’re online, safeguarding their data from advertisers as well as from unscrupulous people and companies. There’s some pushback against these proposals too, with arguments that restrictions on data might hinder research or the development of learning analytics or data-driven educational software.
Data visualization expert Stephen Few said, “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” With the influx of data and introduction of self-service analytics tools, we're going to need more people capable of communicating insights effectively. The next generation of data storytellers will not be limited to just analysts and data scientists. Everyone will need to know how to tell a story with numbers.
The American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) released a new report with support from TIAA Institute, “Evolving Higher Education Business Models: Leading with Data to Deliver Results.”
If you’ve been working in higher education (HE) for a while, you’ll know that the latest Higher Education Commission (HEC) report ‘From Bricks to Clicks: the Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education’ is welcome research. It brings into the spotlight the conversation about the strategic role that data and digital can play in HE.
We spoke with dozens of educators across a range of schools—from mainstream to technology-forward—and we conducted an online survey with a nationally representative sample of 4,600 public school teachers.
This study explores four questions:
• What do teachers believe about data-driven instruction and the tools that support it? • How do teachers use data to tailor instruction? • What are key challenges with the tools that support data-driven instruction? • What do teachers need to make data work to inform instruction in the classroom?
Penn State uses hard data to see if faculty professional development in student engagement actually makes a difference.
How can institutions know whether or not professional development (PD) programs for faculty are effective? And does student engagement increase when faculty complete PD courses aimed at promoting student engagement in the online learning environment? According to one large university, PD in student engagement makes a significant difference…when applied in practice.
Taking a college course is a journey, and each student ends up charting a unique path through the assigned materials — bits of lectures that resonate, chance conversations with classmates, the parts of a textbook actually consumed.
With more courses happening online, colleges now can track those individual journeys more precisely. Such tracking is known as "learning analytics," and it’s how administrators at Utah State University created a single graphic that depicts all the student activity from a recent online course. When I met one of the top officials from the university at the big ed-tech conference held by Educause, this image is what he was excited to show me, as if it held the solution to a longstanding riddle he was working to decode. He called it "the spider graphic."
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