Study the emerging field of learning analytics from internationally-recognized experts at one of the top colleges of education on the planet.
Over the last few years, the quantity of data about learning and learners has grown enormously, and with it comes the potential to improve education in ways that were difficult to imagine a few years ago. The fields of learning analytics (LA) and educational data mining (EDM) have emerged in recent years as communities working to answer the question "What do we do with all of this data?"
In this focus, you will learn key LA/EDM methodologies in technical detail, and learn how to apply them to real-world problems. You will learn how to use LA and EDM algorithms and tools appropriately and effectively, and learn about relevant policy, legal, and ethical issues involved in conducting analytics on educational data. Your studies will be integrated with understanding of key theories of cognition and education, preparing you to apply learning analytics methods to make a difference in education.
The skills you learn will prepare you for a range of 21st-century jobs, including working for educational technology companies and startups, educational think-tanks, and in data groups at city and state departments of education. Coursework will involve real-world data in a range of educational domains and applications, while integrating world-class offerings in cognition, educational theory, and statistics and measurement.