Where Do Big Data and Higher Education Intersect?

Today’s higher education landscape includes a substantial slot dedicated to online learning. With so much technology in our classrooms, and our technology sometimes functioning as our classroom, it should come as no surprise that there is a lot more data being collected pertaining to education these days.

The handy infographic below takes a look at the world of online higher education and Big Data, including the benefits and drawbacks of online learning, some of the barriers, and how data can help drive improvement in education. Keep reading to learn more!

Where Do Big Data and Higher Education Intersect?

  • As of 2012, 86.5% of institutions provided some type of online offerings.
  • Universities offering online degree programs nearly doubled between 2002 and 2012.
  • Nonprofit institutions offering online degree programs more than doubled from 2002 to 2012.

Data from online education can:

  • Help predict student success
  • Improve graduation rates and student retention
  • Determine what a learner does and does not know
  • Monitor a student’s behavior and engagement level
  • Notify a professor when the student is getting off track, bored, or frustrated
  • Increase engagement via game mechanics
  • Personalize the learning process
  • Reduce classroom administrative work
  • Help faculty refine content and keep relevant
  • Facilitate global and local community development
  • Measure student improvement beyond test scores

There are many different data points being measured/collected:

  • Name
  • Demographic information
  • School information
  • Rosters
  • Grades
  • Attendance
  • Disciplinary information
  • Engagement metrics
  • Time on page
  • Bounce rates



1 Comment

  1. Josain

    February 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    This assumes district provides better training & instruction to luddite admins than “You have to raise test scores.”