HOW BIG DATA INFLUENCES HIGHER EDUCATION

Courtesy of datascience@berkeley: Master of Information and Data Science

 

This infographic from datascience@berkeley explores the growing field of online education in depth, including the types of data collected, challenges to institutions, and key players in the field. Take a moment to learn more about this academic revolution.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education and Skills recently published Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets and Innovation Approaches, a new book that looks at the influence of big data on the online higher education landscape. Online coursework allows universities to collect new data like user engagement metrics (such as time on page and bounce rates) for classroom modules, which schools can then use to optimize the individual learning experience for students. Already, universities are taking note of this academic innovation; as of 2013, all but 13.5% of institutions had some online offerings, with 6.7 million students taking an online course the previous year. At scale, higher education’s migration to online will redefine what it means to provide a great education to students. —Jenna Dutcher of University of California, Berkeley

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