‘Big Data on Campus’

Posted in Research, Teaching on November 10th, 2020 by steve

“Amid the periodic enthusiasm for data’s ability to revolutionize the way colleges and universities work, it can be easy to forget that having more data available doesn’t necessarily translate into leaders making better decisions on campus. It’s a point Karen L Webber and Henry Y Zheng make early in their new book, Big Data on Campus (Johns Hopkins University Press) …” (more)

[Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed, 10 November]


AIB agrees five-year DCU partnership to fund chair in data analytics

Posted in Research on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“AIB is to fund Dublin City University’s first chair in data analytics as part of a five-year partnership to promote a sector that is predicted to generate 30,000 job opportunities out to 2020 …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Will big data transform education?

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“I think technology has great potential to transform education, but I am frustrated by how ineffective so much educational technology really is. For more on this, see my Guardian article here. Recently, I read a fascinating book about how big data could transform education, which described a lot of what I think are the more effective uses of education technology …” (more)

[The Wing to Heaven, 18 April]

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Trinity big data researchers to lead €4m quality control effort

Posted in Research on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Big data researchers at Trinity College Dublin are to lead a €4 million EU-funded effort to enforce a degree of ‘quality control’ over the ocean of data the world is rapidly accumulating …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Irish researchers to urge EU-wide policy on data at Brussels seminar

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish delegation to call for framework to balance privacy concerns against innovation. Irish data researchers are proposing a European Union ‘magna carta for data’ that would create a new a new policy and legislative framework for data ethics and use across the bloc’s member states …” (more)

[Mic Moroney, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Big data can transform learning – as long as lecturers take control

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2014 by steve

“Big data has been eagerly embraced by the business world. Now it’s time to look at how it can be used in education. The term refers to the trails we leave behind every time we use a website … ” (more)

[Diana Laurillard, Guardian Professional, 3 June]


As Data Proliferate, So Do Data-Related Graduate Programs

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2014 by steve

“One hundred and fifty applicants for 30 spots. That was the target as business-school administrators at the University of Texas at Austin laid the groundwork for a new master’s-degree program in business analytics …” (more)

[Megan O’Neil, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 February]


University data can be a force for good

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2013 by steve

“Data analytics shouldn’t be seen as a dark art but a tool to aid student retention and enhance experience …” (more)

[Ruth Drysdale, Guardian Professional, 27 November]

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Government pumps €1m into fast-growing ‘big data’ sector

Posted in Research on March 17th, 2013 by steve

“The Government will pump €1m into a research programme for ‘big data’ analytics in an effort to make Ireland a centre for the industry …” (more)

[Peter Flanagan, Independent, 16 March]

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Big Data and Edchatie

Posted in Research on March 16th, 2013 by steve

“Big data intersects Irish educators in several places like the Monday evening #edchatie discussions. Inspired by Simon Lewis, I looked at who is most influential during those recurring discussions …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 16 March]


Irish analytics centre to get €1m investment

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2013 by steve

“€1m is to be invested in an Irish analytics centre for researching so-called big data.  The sector is  growing at 40% per annum worldwide, and is said to have the potential  to create thousands of jobs …” (video)

[RTÉ News, 15 March]

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Government launches €1m technology centre at UCD

Posted in Research on March 15th, 2013 by steve

“The government is launching a technology centre for data analytics, beginning with a €1m investment into a UCD-based research programme. The technology centre is part of a five year plan to develop date analytics in Ireland, which the government says is a key sector growing at 40% per annum …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 15 March]

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