Smart Education Meets Moneyball (Part I)

Wired Magazine. Innovation Insights

John Baker, Desire2Learn, 04.09.13

Smart colleges and universities are beginning to use predictive analytics to transform massive amounts of data into active intelligence, using it to help their customers – i.e., students – learn their course material more effectively and boost their grades.

Analytics in education is empowering the learner in every step of their journey, not just with course success. Which courses should I select? What should I major in? What is the quickest and least costly path to graduation? What is the right career for me? Smart companies can learn from education analytics by extending their own “big data” efforts to identify and groom hidden talent (a plotline of the movie “Moneyball”) and to create a culture that emphasizes lifelong learning built around collaboration and teamwork.

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