Episode 5: Big Data and Education

Educational Data Mining (EDM) and Learning Analytics (LA) are emerging fields that apply big data to education. What are they? Can a K12 teacher be helped by these coming changes?

Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics by Ryan Baker and George Siemens is an excellent introduction to the field. We also draw from an article titled “Using Educational Data Using Mining to Assess Students’ Skills at Designing and Conducting Experiments within a Complex Systems Microworld” (Gobert, Kim, Sao Pedro, Kennedy, & Betts, 2015). We used the linguistic analysis tool, Coh-Metrix, to analyze the first 15,000 characters of text from the preceding article. You can download the resulting analysis here. Of course, our Zotero library has full references.

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