Online Learning Update

April 27, 2014

4 Big Data Challenges that Universities Face

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education

“In this era of big data and big science, universities must serve as a crossroads for collaboration more than they ever have,” said Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, during a general session at the 2014 Internet2 Global Summit in Denver on Tuesday, April 8. This crossroads for collaboration doesn’t just mean that researchers should talk to each other. It also means collaboration between research and IT in a way that doesn’t always happen, said Michael McRobbie, president of Indiana University. Researchers need the support of IT leaders who take the time to understand what’s needed technologically and can then provide it. As university leaders support their campuses’ missions, they face four major challenges on the road to unlocking the potential of big data and science.

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