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For over a decade, “big data” and “analytics” have increasingly become a
part of the education world. (Big data is a term used to describe data
sets so large that they can only be analyzed by computers, and analytics
is used to describe how the data is collected, analyzed and used.) Big
data lovers believe the information can help policy-makers make systemic
improvements in student outcomes — but, so far, that hasn’t happened.
Here is a post about the problems with big data in education and about
something new that could actually make a real difference: “small data.”
What is it?