The New Intelligence

Steve Kolowich, Ignatia Webs, Jan 25, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Long article from Steve Kolowich on the subject of learning analytics. "What if a professor teaching algebra could look out at her students and, in the blink of an eye, see exactly what each student understands, and what they don’t?" he asks. "This is what happens when the dawning age of high-volume data collection and analysis collides with higher education: College professors become less like mind-molders and more like mind-readers." The article focuses in particular on a company called Knewton. Arizona State University, for example, "agreed to pay the company $100 for every registered student taking a Knewton-powered course, a fee the university passes on to students in lieu of the cost of a traditional textbook." Knewton is just one of many companies working in the area; Desire2Learn for example acquired Degree Compass just this week.

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