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4 best practices for education data

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Data can be immensely helpful to educators–but anyone who hopes to learn from data must know how to analyze and interpret it. Although the word “data” can raise red flags when it comes to protecting student privacy and sensitive information, it can help students, parents, teachers, and administrators learn from and adjust practices. The catch, though, is that these stakeholder groups need access to the education data and must be able understand what it means.”(more)

Report: Data science and analytics skills critical for today’s workforce

Education Dive – Autumn A. Arnett

“One of the strongest arguments for a liberal arts education is that it exposes students to a variety of coursework that helps develop soft skills and prepare more well-rounded graduates who will then enter the workforce more agile and prepared for the demands of the workplace. However, a push towards specialization, competency-based education and the overall condensing of the higher education experience in the name of promoting four-year graduation for affordability’s sake has compromised some of this development. There has been a shift from seeing higher education as a vehicle to create well-rounded citizens to now a need to create workers, but the two do not have to be mutually-exclusive.”(more)

The Higher Ed Learning Revolution: Tracking Each Student’s Every Move

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“On campuses today almost every educational interaction leaves digital traces. Assignments and feedback are given through online portals; debates and discussions happen via learning management systems as well as in classrooms, cafes and dorm rooms. Those and other digital crumbs give technologists the opportunities to examine the processes, practices and goals of higher education in ways that were largely impossible a decade or so ago. We’ve reported here and here on Stanford physics Noble Laureate Carl Wieman’s “active learning” revolution.”(more)

K-12 data is failing students-here’s what education could look like

E-School News – Laura Devaney

U.S. education is not effectively leveraging data to increase student performance and close achievement gaps in the same way other sectors have used data to improve work processes, according to a new report from the Center for Data Innovation. And while many have lamented education’s slow adoption of data-driven practices, there may be a hidden bonus to slow progress.”(more)

How To Stem The Global Shortage Of Data Scientists

TechCrunch – Amy Gershkoff

“Data scientist might be considered the “sexiest job of the 21st century,” with many companies eager to hire data science talent…20 years ago the term was barely used, save for a few academic articles…But things have changed over the last five years…organizations started to see the value of data science as the volume of data they had to analyze increased dramatically…The role of a data scientist is to mine enormous volumes of data and pull out key insights. In an era where enterprise-generated data is expected to exceed 240 exabytes daily by 2020, the need for experts trained in extracting insights from data is more important than ever. So what’s the problem? We have a global talent shortage, and the demand for data scientists continues to grow rapidly, far outpacing the anemic growth in supply…There are three steps we can take to help stem this talent shortage:”(more)