Online Learning Update

August 13, 2015

Student data analytics: Big Brother or campus go-to?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Reis Thebault, The Columbus Dispatch

Analytics relies on past student data, such as grades, credit hours and class difficulty, to predict how future students may fare. And so, when advisers look at the data, they aren’t spying, they’re helping, Burns said. “This is not Big Brother in a bad way,” she said. “Advising is a craft. A lot of times academic advisers are not given the information they need to successfully help students.” In some cases, that information is more than just academic data; it can be information about students’ social lives.

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