Big Data and Learning Analytics in Higher Education
Current Theory and Practice
This book introduces the reader to two current topics in EDS, big data and learning analytics. Learning analytics examines the challenges of collecting, analyzing, and reporting data with the specific intent of improving student learning. Big data (BD), on the other hand, offers the potential to tackle a wide range of issues that appear when collecting and working with a large volume, variety, and velocity of data. Specifically, applying BD in education or learning at scale enables researchers to work with large numbers of students, where “large” is preferably thousands of students but can also apply to hundreds in in-person settings.