Jon P. Zurfluh
Big data is a blanket term for any collection of data
sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult
to process using on-hand database management
tools or traditional data processing applications.
(from http://online-behavior.com/analytics/analytics-in-education )
“To improve education, it's important to know which data to measure,
and the most important measure is the student. We currently measure
students by skills and understanding, and don't account for many other
elements of the learner's style and background.
One major study concluded that student achievement can be doubled
by an increase in feedback, using formative assessments and tailoring
instruction to each student's needs.”
Significant (BIG) Data means, for me…
The possibility for…
•More feedback (MUCH MORE!)
•More accurate picture of student performance
•A captured archive of the learning journey
• What are we missing?
• How should we shift our
• What does Technology now
• What’s possible?
• Star Trek approach…
More to read about it – pros and cons
• “When it comes to education, we’re drowning in data and starving for
information.” – Cognitive based learning systems… -
More videos on the topic
• Coursera - http://www.coursera.org/course/bigdata-edu