By Francesc Balagué, educator and founder of Akoranga and Crowdfunding Sherpas.
ICTs have changed many aspects of our lives, and the way we learn has not been an exception. Perhaps big data is a newcomer in that area, but not the only one. MOOCs have been trendy lately, but as education expert, Francesc Balagué wonders whether they might have been displacing other well established tools that were doing a good job at enhancing learning processes. Get his complete reflections in the short video below. This contribution was possible in collaboration with the OuiShare Fest Barcelona event.
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.
By Nuria Oliver, scientific director at Telefónica R&D.
According to computer scientist Nuria Oliver, there are three main key elements regarding big data in education, being the first one the so promised personalization, so that teachers could get precise information of how students are doing and thus adapt their methodology to specific needs. Secondly, large scale data could also be extremely useful for official statistics: e.g., how a city, a specific region or even a whole country is doing in terms of education. And, finally, we also need to make sure students’ data is securely stored and kept under high privacy standards. We would like to thank the TEDxBarcelona Education event for this contribution.
By Volker Hirsch, mobile, gaming and digital media entrepreneur and executive.
A lawyer by education, Volker Hirsch has mixed feelings about the main question of this blog. On one hand he sees the main benefits of data analysis coming from educational processes, but he also points out that teachers will remain the most important element in students’ progresses and achievements. He alerts also of the dangers of thinking that it is possible to get any outcome one may want with a big enough data set. Check his complete reflections in the short video below. Hirsch contribution was possible thanks to the kind collaboration of the TEDxBarcelona Education event.
By Aape Pohjavirta, chief evangelist and founder at Funzi.
What advantages entail the use of big data in education? Are there issues against it? How the big data and analytics revolution will transform learning in the following years? And what will be the role of the teachers in this new scenario? Aape Pohjavirta is a passionate of new ways of learning — and a big Asimov fan — who gives us his point of view on these questions in the short video below. This contribution would not have been possible without the kind collaboration of the TEDxBarcelona Education event.