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Big Data and Education

Columbia University via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Big Data
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Effort 6-12 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 8 weeks long

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Overview

Online and software-based learning tools have been used increasingly in education. This movement has resulted in an explosion of data, which can now be used to improve educational effectiveness and support basic research on learning.

In this course, you will learn how and when to use key methods for educational data mining and learning analytics on this data. You will examine the methods being developed by researchers in the educational data mining, learning analytics, learning-at-scale, student modeling, and artificial intelligence communities. You’ll also gain experience with standard data mining methods frequently applied to educational data. You will learn how to apply these methods and when to apply them, as well as their strengths and weaknesses for different applications.

The course will discuss how to use each method to answer education research questions, and to drive intervention and improvement in educational software and systems. Methods will be covered at a theoretical level, and in terms of learning how to apply them using software tools like RapidMiner. We will also discuss validity and generalizability; establishing how trustworthy and applicable the analysis results.

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Ryan Baker

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If you're not famiar with data mining, I would recommend to take Machine Learning with A.Ng first. Prof. Baker speaks fast and in "bullet points", constantly adding that he will talk "about it later". RapidMiner is the data mining tool used for this class. Allocate an extra time for understanding the concept and exploring the tool. Forum posts are very helpful though, and I've learned interesting facts from the "Predicting College Enrollment from Student Interaction with an Intelligent Tutoring System in Middle School" case study example. Gaming the system may have negative effect on learning, and students' carelessness is not a good indicator of actual skills.

http://www.columbia.edu/~rsb2162/EDM2013_SBBH.pdf
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