The importance of Data Science in Education and the Modern Way of Learning


Data Science has expanded its branches through sparse quintessential fields of the world today. It has emerged out as a global phenomenon that has revolutionized industries and has increased their performances substantially. Data Science has continued itself to incorporate education under its wing. Earlier we saw many Data Science Applications. Today, we will discuss the significance of data science in training. Also, we will see how it is transforming learning with the help of a lot of other technologies.

Data Science in Education

Education is the key to shaping the lives of people. It holds the power to modify and enhance the lives of people. Since the dawn of civilization, humans have emerged through education and have advanced mechanisms to improve education. In the 21st century, where data is everywhere in every walk of life, education is no exception. With advancements in computing techniques, it is credible to absorb all the information through powerful big-data platforms.

Applications of Data Science in Education

1. Social-Emotional Skills

Social-Emotional Skill is a critical area that needs to be developed through learning. Within this, a kid learns to obtain a capability to understand, analyze, express and manage emotions. He also learns how to develop a relationship with others. Expediting growth in social-emotional skills is an essential task of educational institutes. This is an example of a non-academic skill that plays a major role in determining the learning abilities of the students.

Beforehand, various statistical surveys would assess these social-emotional skills. However, with the advancements in computational methodologies, it is possible to gather a large amount of data. With the formalized information discovery models in Data Science and Data Mining techniques, it is possible to assume such large information and incorporate it with the current tools to produce better decisions. Furthermore, with the data that is extracted, data scientists can apply various predictive analytical techniques to help the teachers in understanding the motivation of the students for studying the course.

Monitoring Student Requirements

There are some evaluation and estimation techniques that are appropriated by educational institutes. However, such traditional methodologies were frequently unable to capture and encapsulate all the significant trends and patterns of student services. Furthermore, most of the assessment techniques were not in real-time. With the advancements in Big Data analytics, it is now possible for the teachers to scrutinize their student requirements based on their performance and reviews.

As a result of monitoring student requirements, teachers are able to provide appropriate responses and even change their teaching methodologies to meet student expectations. Many times, teachers have an unconscious preference for certain learners. Data principles will use its users with a zero inclination, meaning that there will not be any bias in the evaluation of student performance. This will contribute equal principles for all the students to fasten and develop their skills.

Measuring Instructor Performance

The production of students depends on the teachers. While there are many estimation techniques that have been used to value the performance of teachers, it has been mostly manual in nature. Nevertheless, all these techniques are not an effective method and usually take time to assess. Moreover, reading student reviews and forming a similarity is an irksome task.

With the breakthrough in data science, it is possible to keep track of the teacher performance. This is not only valid for recorded data but also real-time data. As a consequence, with real-time monitoring of teachers, accurate data collection is possible, along with its report. Moreover, we can store and manage disorderly data like student reviews on a big data platform. And, with Natural Language Processing, it is possible to analyze the opinions of the reviews and provide a complete analysis of teacher performance.

In a brief nutshell, we understand the diverse role of data science in the field of education. Data Science has transformed every sector and has brought a positive change to situations. We overviewed how data science is becoming an efficient tool for shaping not only learned skills but also non-academic skills like social-emotional skills. Moreover, it is used for evaluating the performance of students and teachers. Universities are using Data Science to minister curriculum, keeping in mind the growing trends in industries.

Data is what you need to do analytics. Information is what you need to do business.

The article is written by Dr Raja Roy Choudhury, Director Academic Affairs, Universal Business School and he can be contacted @9372868220,


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