McMurtrie: What big data can reveal about pedagogy

February 5, 2019

Beth McMurtrie investigates how researchers at several US universities and colleges are using big data analytics to produce new insights into teaching and learning. According to advocates of this approach, interventions begin with showing instructors the potential of big data in the context of classroom learning. One Vice-Provost told McMurtrie that analytics can shed new light on how and why students switch majors, or how grades can influence their undergraduate careers. The article goes on to explore an array of big data approaches to interpret student behaviour, the efficacy of prerequisites, and flipped classrooms. Chronicle(Subscription required) (International)