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Can Data Determine How Learning Happens

January 09, 2019 / Larry Alton

Today’s classroom isn’t just a place for education – it’s also a laboratory, and teachers are expected to collect huge amounts of data, with the goal of improving learning outcomes. Despite the best intentions, however, this emphasis on educational data is especially onerous for already overworked teachers, meaning they need better tools to assist with collecting that data. That’s where new recording strategies can help. Analytics From College To Kindergarten. Colleges were among the first to place a heavy emphasis on analytics because of their greater resources and research-driven agendas; and as such, they were the first to realize the value of educational data. For example, facing low graduation rates, colleges examined student records and discovered that students were struggling with English classes, even as they were thriving in other subject areas. Based on that data, colleges were able to address shortfalls in entering students’ reading and wr...