Blog Archives

Getting along with intelligent machines

Jorge Alvarado

It is a common view that typical white-collar jobs will disappear with the rise of intelligent machines. While some see this as the dark side of Analytics/Big Data/IOT, it is rather a challenge for educational systems and the future role people with have in their jobs.

«The replacement of humans in jobs -ranging from to help desks to automated cars- has been going on for many years. However, it has been taking a new form in recent years. Whereas machines where traditionally replacing manual labor, they are now also used to accomplish routine information processing and even decision making under uncertainty. The reason for this is simple: Analytic techniques fed with enough information perform better in most occasions.»

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

People’s needs first

Marco Bressan

By Marco Bressan, chief data scientist, BBVA.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Big data and analytics in higher education: So near, yet…

SGrajek_post

By Susan Grajek, Vice President for data, research and analytics, EDUCAUSE.

Big data and analytics are reshaping everything. Industry is using them to great effect, to better understand markets and customers, manage supply chains, and increase profits. Personalized medicine, fueled by analytics applied to big data, is poised to revolutionize healthcare. Higher education lags several paces behind these fields. Some institutions are demonstrating improvements in retention and degree completion, but most are still using data to monitor student outcomes and activities rather than predict or proactively intervene.

Certainly, trends related to analytics and data are influencing institutional IT strategy, more so than other types of trends EDUCAUSE tracks, including those related to teaching and learning and security and risk1. Data-driven decision-making, enterprise data management, and data integration issues are all already incorporated into or exerting a major influence on emerging IT strategy in at least half of US colleges and universities. Personalized learning, however, is only this influential at one in five institutions.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Smart Cities, Big Data and Behavioural and Social Sciences: Human Cities

MArmayones_post

By Manuel Armayones, associate professor and Deputy Director, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, UOC.

In 1995, the American Psychology Association (APA), through its Task Force for the analysis of the concept Intelligence, considered it as the ability to “understand complex ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, to learn from experience, to engage in various forms of reasoning, to overcome obstacles by taking thought”.

The question we must ask when relating this concept to that of smart cities and big data & analytics is if asking the right questions of data, so that they assist us in making decisions, can help us to better adapt to the environment, learn from experience and engage in various forms of reasoning.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Big Data for development

NShoup_post

By Natalie Shoup, program manager, Data-Pop Alliance.

As a global coalition on Big Data and development, Data-Pop Alliance works together with different actors to promote a people-centered revolution on these technologies. We took advantage of the visit of its program manager, Natalie Shoup, to Barcelona to talk about the challenges and risks of Big Data and Analytics, especially regarding education and development. According to Shoup, we need to engage people both in data literacy and in the ethical and legal discussions around those technologies. Check out her reflections in the short video below.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Big Data and Knowledge in the Social Sciences

RBorge_post

By Rosa Borge, Associate Professor and Researcher, UOC-IN3.

The Big Data analytics would shape a smarter society if this new paradigm contributes to knowledge in the Social Sciences. On one hand, the analysis of Big Data is helping to guide decisions in socially relevant areas such as the public health system, the aid in zones affected by natural disasters or the improvement of the educational offer. And one of its related fields, social networks analysis, is contributing also to better understand the causes and consequences of the connections among people, actors, organizations or systems.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Looking for solutions in wrong places

AWatters_post

By Audrey Watters, journalist, founder of Hack Education.

A writer specialized in education technology with her own blog on that topic — called Hack Education —, Watters believes that regarding the learning process we should focus on the individual level, rather than the massive one. Is big data going to give us the measure of “learning”, no matter how subjective the word is? Has this measure necessarily to be a number? By focusing on big data, wouldn’t be looking for the solutions in the wrong places? Get Watters’ reflections in the short video below, which was recorded at the EDEN Conference held in Barcelona.

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized
About the Question
Are Big Data & Analytics shaping a smarter society?

Every day we generate a huge amount of big data, but we need to resort to analytics to make abstract information meaningful and get valuable knowledge from it. In education, learning platforms let us easily gather an immense quantity of data regarding students’ behaviour, interactions, preferences and opinions. When properly analysed — through learning analytics — all these data might provide useful insight on how to make learning processes more adaptive, attractive and efficient.

Are these techniques allowing us to provide better support to our students? Are we taking advantage of big data and analytics to help shape the citizens of the future?

Big Data and Simheuristics
Blogs