Online Learning Update

December 31, 2016

Can faculty productivity be predicted with an algorithm?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have developed a predictive analytics model that can forecast the future publishing and research activity of faculty members based upon previous research and writings. The data is published in Operations Research, and suggests that bibliometrics based upon citations and co-authorship and scholarly networking helped their system to make more statistically sound, virtual tenure decisions for more than 50 Ph.D. earners since 1995. The system does not account for service, and skeptics say that scholars could cheat the system to meet its basic standards of performance, and that any use in actual tenure decisions would be an incomplete notion of promotion.

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