The Higher Education sector is on the cusp of change. The advancements in digital technology have altered the shape of education. Learners have an expectation that the courses they take will mould around their lives; not the other way round. Today’s universities are competing for learners in a landscape that is mostly unrecognizable to people who studied as recently as five years ago. Fast forward five years into the future, and there will be no such thing as a typical student – nor a typical student experience. Demand on institutions to offer courses that attract an ever larger and diverse range of students continues, whilst budget restrictions mean finding ways to get more for less.
The uptake in adaptive learning courseware continues to rise in Higher Education institutions. Instructors and administrators are aware of the benefits of developing personalized and adaptive learning programs, and how teaching and learning experiences can be enhanced. Access to granular data illustrating students’ use of online materials, and their progress, is a key factor for the success of those platforms. Often, the benefits of data generation, collection and analysis can slip under the radar, as administrators and instructional designers implement adaptive learning technology on campus. In this article, we look at what Big Data is and how it can be used to enhance your teaching practices and thus, empower your students.