Analytics and Big Data


Purdue to Embed Data Science into Every Major

Recognizing that data science is becoming the lingua franca of the 21st century, Purdue University has kicked off a new initiative to embed it in courses, physical spaces and industry collaborations. According to campus officials, the new Integrative Data Science Initiative will make data science education a part of every student's learning experiences on campus, no matter what field he or she is studying.

NYC Data Science Academy Launches Online Bootcamp

NYC Data Science Academy, a provider of bootcamp-style data science and data engineering training in New York City, has launched a remote option for students who are not able to attend in-person classes. The Remote Intensive Bootcamp offers live-streamed lectures plus access to prerecorded modules and more than 1,000 practice questions. Students attend full-time, five days a week; the first cohort began this week and runs through June 29.

Campus Labs to Acquire Chalk & Wire

Data and assessment company Campus Labs is expanding its analytics platform with the acquisition of Chalk & Wire. Chalk & Wire's learning assessment and credentialing tools will "allow Campus Labs to provide enhanced and integrated ways to assess student learning [and] unlock the power of student learning across varied, measurable learning paths," according to a news announcement.

Pilot Linking Degrees and Earnings Gets First Try at U Texas

A pilot effort at the University of Texas is joining forces with the U.S. Census Bureau to track post-college outcomes for UT graduates living across the country. The goal: addressing "a major gap in the federal statistical infrastructure for education statistics," said John Abowd, chief scientist and associate director for research and methodology at the Census Bureau.

RIT to Host National Data Hackathon for Undergrads

The Rochester Institute of Technology will host DataFest, a national undergraduate data hackathon, for the second consecutive year later this week. Sponsored by the American Statistical Association, the competition asks teams of students from any major and at any point in their data science education "to tackle what's probably the richest, most complex dataset you've seen so far provided by a real-life organization," according to information on the RIT DataFest site.

Online Ed Leaders Agree Top 2 Indicators of Program Quality Are Student Success Rates, Student Evaluations

The majority of online education leaders agree that most relied-upon metrics currently in use by online programs are student retention and graduation rates and student course/program evaluations, according to a recent survey from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. While those two indicators topped the list by far, other quality measures, such as faculty training, summative student assessment, program reputation and external rankings, were less commonly cited by the survey respondents.

Report: Adaptive Learning, Learning Analytics Are Most Wanted Tech for Online Programs

When asked what tools and technologies they would most like to adopt for their online programs, online education leaders cited adaptive learning and learning analytics as their most wanted tech, according to the latest Changing Landscape of Online Education report, a joint initiative of nonprofit Quality Matters and Eduventures Research.

Aruba Intros AI-Powered Network Analytics

Aruba today announced NetInsight, a network analytics and assurance product that uses artificial intelligence to monitor and optimize network performance. NetInsight constantly monitors an institution's network and establishes baselines for normal performance. Its machine learning tools then tag deviations, analyze the impact and provide insights so that IT departments can identify problems before they impact users, according to information from the company.

Qualtrics Expands Experience Management Platform with New and Enhanced AI and Analytics Tools

At its annual user conference this month, Qualtrics revealed a slew of new features for its flagship Experience Management (XM) Platform, a data collection and analysis tool used in some 2,000 colleges and universities and 6,800 schools. All told, Qualtrics has about 1.2 million education users in 90 countries.

National Academies Reports Examine U.S. Data Science Education

Two new reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine tackle data science for educators. One report summarizes the findings of a workshop on training students to "extract value from big data." The other is intended to help institutions envision data science from an undergraduate perspective. Both reports are available on the National Academies Press website.

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