Macro Data: Tools for Education

The use of mass information on students´learning patterns can help schools to personalize education in increasingly sophisticated ways.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The collection, analysis and intelligent use of educational data can drive the profound changes that are needed for the education systems to generate skillful and talented people to create the innovations that will support economic growth in the long term.

Information technology gives us the right tools to expand access to affordable, high quality education. Macro data, together with the complex high-volume data sets that companies use to analyze and predict consumer behavior, can provide teachers and businesses with unprecedented amounts of information about patterns of student learning, and help schools to personalize education in increasingly sophisticated ways.

At the moment it is private institutions that are taking advantage of this possibility. It is clear that in order for public education systems to also do so, first there is a need to overcome the immense resistance to change on the part of corporations of teachers and professors who always see any example of actual transformation of these systems as a threat to themselves.

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