This special report on The Digital Campus looks at the promise — and the limits — of big data. Colleges want to use it to better track students and help them succeed, to find out what works in the classroom, and more. Here you’ll read about some of the efforts underway to accomplish those goals, but also caveats from several analysts, who warn that all that data is meaningless if colleges aren’t asking the right questions and identifying the most pressing problems — tasks that require human intervention. Copies of the report are available for purchase here.
Our coverage also examines the urgent threat to data security posed by hackers, the growing collaboration between colleges and private boot camps that offer technical skills, and the latest developments in the open-educational-resources movement.
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