Educational Technology

September 24, 2012

The Future of Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed

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by Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education

At the course level, predictive analytics could help match students with appropriate programs, even down to the professors they should have. That’s what the institutions in the Regents Online Campus Collaborative are piloting this year with a predictive analytics tool from Desire2Learn. Predictive analytics also might test universities’ tolerance for risk-taking. Eventually, universities will have to ask themselves, “What are we willing to invest in being wrong about?” said John Fritz, assistant vice president of instructional technology and new media at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. “We’re going to be getting to the stage sooner rather than later where it doesn’t matter what you have access to or even what you think you’re predicting,” Fritz said. “What really matters is, ‘What are you willing to act on?'” Having common infrastructure also will be important, Fritz said. Universities have been creating their own custom analytics tools, including the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which has now transitioned to Blackboard Analytics for Learn.

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