Many times we associate e-Learning with a type of distance education that is only available to university students. However, and as we advance in this post on the trends of online training for the next few years, experts predict that using Big Data in education will be a real revolution.
In this article, we will explain how it is possible to create a new learning system based on the analysis of large amounts of data extracted directly from students or, in other words, why Big Data will be present in all educational centres of the future.
Experimenting with Big Data in schools
The pioneers of experimentation with Big Data in education are AltSchool, a conglomerate of schools dedicated to innovation. Specifically, 4 small schools in San Francisco are conducting an experiment to process data. In order to study how technology can help teachers improve student learning.
How do they get that data?
In several ways. To begin with, when students arrive at school they must do a “check-in” in an App that controls attendance. In addition, they dedicate a part of the day to work independently, using iPads and playlists of activities. These have been selected by the teachers according to their personal goals. Big data is a technological matter which recently gathered a lot of interested from and within the retail sector.
At that time, the student’s progress data is stored so that the teacher can review them later. Finally, classes are videotaped. In this way, teachers can remember important moments at the press of a button, as we would with a SmartTV.
The idea is that all data from these schools be collected in an intelligent and centralized system. This will allow teachers to design effective and personalized classes.
What benefits does using Big Data in Education bring us?
Big Data leads to more personalized teaching focused on the constant improvement of learning methods. Today, AltShcools plans to open 4 more schools and sell access to the system to other schools.
Big Data in education is not only a phenomenon of schools and institutes, but it also occurs in higher education. In the 7 years that have passed since the first Massive open online course was launched by two Canadian teachers, MOOCs have become a source of large amounts of data on student behaviours.
Only a relatively small number of students end up completing a MOOC. The truth is that their data help educators to develop new teaching models that claim to be more effective. We speak for example of the programs that combine online education with coaching.