Analytics and Big Data


Data Analytics and Student Advising: Creating a Culture Shift on Campus

By nature, an initiative that employs data analytics for student advising is built on the latest technology. But for Syracuse University, technology is always looked upon as a path to a solution; not a driver of change in itself. Find out why understanding campus culture is central to the university's "Orange SUccess" initiative.

Combining Data from Multiple Digital Learning Tools Produces Better Predictions

A study undertaken jointly by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and education technology companies Blackboard and VitalSource found that early activity with digital tools is a "strong predictor" of passing a class — even more so than the grade point average a student enters the class with.

The Rocky Road of Using Data to Drive Student Success

The California State University system has hit its share of potholes as it tests predictive analytics to forecast student performance in high-failure-rate courses. Here are its lessons learned.

Hobsons Upgrades Starfish Analytics with New Reporting Tools

Hobsons has introduced a number of enhancements to its Starfish Analytics product aimed at better understanding barriers to student achievement.

Columbia U Opens Research Center Devoted to Blockchain Tech

A new center at Columbia University will focus on research and innovation in blockchain technology. The institution partnered with IBM to create the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, which will "combine cross-disciplinary teams from the academic, scientific, business and government communities to explore key issues related to the policy, trust, sharing and consumption of digital data when using blockchain and other privacy-preserving technologies," according to a news announcement.

Unizin Adds Student Writing Data to its Data Platform for a Clearer Portrait of Learner Success

Unizin's Data Platform has a new dimension for analyzing student success: data on the reading and writing process. The consortium of 25 U.S. universities partnered with Turnitin to "give college and university instructors better data about how students write and revise their work," according to a news announcement.

Rice U Launches Data Analytics Boot Camp

Rice University has intoduced a new program geared toward working adults looking to bone up on their data science skills. The 24-week Data Analytics Boot Camp was developed in partnership with workforce acclerator Trilogy Education.

Independent Research Commission Makes Facebook Data Available for Academic Study

Social Science One, an independent research commission formed to give scholars a way to conduct research about private industry data, is kicking off its first project: analyzing Facebook data to better understand the role of social media on elections and democracy. The organization comes out of an initiative Facebook announced in April in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, to make its data available for academic research while protecting the privacy of its users.

Protecting Privacy while Leveraging Opportunity

UCLA's chief privacy officer talks about the differences between privacy and information security in higher education along with the need to consider opportunities as well as risks.

Universities Working to Make Library Metadata Searchable on the Web

With a $4 million Mellon grant, Stanford Libraries is leading the shift to a "linked data" metadata environment.

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