Learning World: How Big Data is Transforming Education
Part 1: Big Data in Education: The next revolution? UK
Big Data is a term we often hear in business, but it is also an essential tool for education? Learning World explores this technological buzzword and talks to an expert on the subject: Kenneth Cukier, joint author of the book "Learning With Big Data".
Cukier sees 'big data' as a chance for tailoring education to students' individual needs and learning process. Rather than avoiding it, teachers should embrace the changes big data brings about and use it to their advantage. Watch this video to learn more about Big Data’s education opportunities.
Part 2: Using Big Data to Customize Leaning, USA
Using Big Data in education is no longer fiction at the Arizona State University. With the help of software that analyses students' keystrokes to figure out their learning progression, learning maths is fully customized. The software collects information from the devices that students use and collates grades, learning skills, strong and weak points as well as hesitation patterns when using the computer mouse. This customized learning style also impacts teaching, by giving teachers more time to support students individually, and less time lecturing. Watch this video to find out more about this tailor-made education software.
Part 3: Educating a New Generation of 'Big Data Scientists', China
In China, seven universities offer courses for future 'data scientists'. Students learn how to read and analyze Big Data, and to use it in different industrial sectors - such as banking, finance, insurance. The aim is to educate a new generation of data analysts who can help resolve new industries’ challenges. With a target of 40,000 graduates before the end of the year, China’s new experts expect to make the country a leader in Big Data.