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Big Data. Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on May 12, 2014

Flanagan, L. (n.d.). Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance? MindShift. Retrieved May 12, 2014, from
For all the data and feedback they provide, student information systems interfere with learning.
“School isn’t about learning. It’s about doing well.”
The singular focus on grades that these systems encourage turns learning into a competitive, zero-sum game for students.
My notes:
the parallel with the online grades systems at K12 is the Big Data movement at Higher Ed. Big Data must be about assisting teaching, not about determining teaching and instructors must be very well aware and very carefully navigating in this nebulous areas of assisting versus determining.
This article about quantifying management of teaching and learning in K12 reminds me the big hopes put on technocrats governing counties and economies in the 70s of the last centuries when the advent of the computers was celebrated as the solution of all our problems. Haven’t we, as civilization learned anything from that lesson?

3 Responses to “Big Data. Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance”

  1.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    another excellent example about the “big data” idea going too far, too out control

    To Know Thyself, Collect Data On Your Dog

  2.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    Cengage Learning Integrates Big Data Tools from Celebrus
    Cengage Learning is the first major United States publisher to work with Celebrus Technologies.

  3.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    What’s Really At Stake? Untangling the Big Issues Around Student Data
    95 percent of schools and districts store their student information in the cloud
    Fears around how student data can be improperly used fall into a few categories: data marketers, data breaches and unshakable data trails.
    School administrators, the stewards of student data, must institute technical protections against the misuse of information

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