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March 8, 2017 // Ed Surge

Tart Retorts and Tools: Overheard at SXSWedu

Approximately 13,000 SXSWedu attendees scurry back and forth from the Austin Convention Center to massive hotels in the center of the city, noses glued to their phones as they search for the next event. From personalized learning to ethical analytics, what stood out amongst the conversations?

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March 7, 2017 // EdScoop

Predictive data tools suggest dawn of 'golden age of learning' in higher ed

Data experts at SXSWedu point to power of analytics to improve learning and intercept struggling students before they fail.

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March 6, 2017 // New America

Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: Five Guiding Practices for Ethical Use

Our framework here aims to lay out some important questions to consider as administrators formulate how to use predictive analytics ethically.

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February 24, 2017 // Inside Higher Ed

The Ed Tech Landscape in 2017

To help higher education leaders make sense of the market, Eduventures, the consulting and research firm owned by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions, on Thursday launched the 2017 version of its Higher Education Technology Landscape Report. The report describes more than 500 ed tech vendors and categorizes them across 42 different market segments.

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February 22, 2017 // Inside Higher Ed

The Ethics of Sharing Predictive Analytics

If your family has a history of heart disease, we generally accept the notion that surfacing risks, like high cholesterol, provides advanced notice of something that could potentially be an issue, and ensure that you have the resources and support, including preventative care, to bend the curve on outcomes. In the same vein, we’ve found that using thoughtful design thinking to determine how to provide students with useful context, insight, and direction is critical.

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February 21, 2017 // Getting Smart

Smart List: 26 HigherEd Innovators

There are a number of challenges facing higher education today—from rising tuition costs negatively affecting college access to curriculum not keeping up with the shifting demands of the new, technology-driven economy.

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February 19, 2017 // Association for Learning Technology by Matt Lingard

7 tips for developing a learning analytics policy

The University of West London (UWL) published its learning analytics policy in September 2016. In this post I share some tips on developing an institutional learning analytics policy. The UWL policy was written and published in 3-months. The need for speed was the equally rapid implementation of a predictive analytics project at the university which is also outlined below.

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February 6, 2017 // NationSwell

The Simple Way to Keep Struggling College Students in Check

One morning last summer, Zulmaly Ramirez, an academic advocate who advises undergraduates at the University of South Florida, logged on to her computer and saw a notification that a new freshman was at risk of dropping out. The student, an off-campus commuter, hadn’t been signing in to the course portal, where reading assignments are posted, and his grades were slipping, the software showed. Ramirez asked the young man to stop by.

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February 2, 2017 // New York Times

Will You Graduate? Ask Big Data

A little less than half of the nation’s students graduate in four years; given two more years to get the job done, the percentage rises to only about 60 percent. That’s no small concern for families shouldering the additional tuition or student debt (an average of more than $28,000 on graduation, according to a 2016 College Board report). Students who drop out are in even worse shape. Such outcomes have led parents and politicians to demand colleges do better. Big data is one experiment in how to do that.

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January 26, 2017 // Huffington Post

Misdiagnosing Higher Education?

In a world where a degree is the price of admission for even entry-level jobs, college completion is fast becoming a moral imperative. And if we can’t improve the odds for low-income and first-generation college students, we risk excluding a generation from higher education’s promise of social and economic mobility.

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