Penetrating the Fog: Analytics in Learning and Education – [George Siemens, Phil Long]

EDUCAUSE REVIEW, ER Volume 46, 2011, Volume 46, Number 5, September/October 2011

Attempts to imagine the future of education often emphasize new technologies—ubiquitous computing devices, flexible classroom designs, and innovative visual displays. But the most dramatic factor shaping the future of higher education is something that we can’t actually touch or see: big data and analytics. Basing decisions on data and evidence seems stunningly obvious, and indeed, research indicates that data-driven decision-making improves organizational output and productivity.1 For many leaders in higher education, however, experience and “gut instinct” have a stronger pull.

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