The Power of Big Data in Education

The prospect of “big data” at once suggests expectant views of a data-rich future and concerns about observation that adversely influences our personal and private survives. There is an increasing interest by institutions of higher education to take benefit of Big Data to provide higher quality level of study and outcome. There is a lot of hype about big data in higher education, that colleges and institutes, swamped with information from inheritance systems and incentivized by transformed responsibility pressures, have begun to connection unlike information from across the institutes. If we combines mobile customer technology with Big Data analytics, we can get a mass of new opportunities ranging from new ways of providing education to students with basic provision to new ways of getting students to learn what the faculty needs them to learn. Educational institutions are now illustrating attention in finding methods for making operative learning process, for classifying learner’s Strength and weakness, for outlining academic activities and also for predicting student future performance. Being a chief democracy, India is also trying to join this effective learning era. This paper will describe the needs, opportunities and challenges of implementing big data analytics in the education sector.


Louis Columbus recently wrote for Forbes, “Key take-aways from the report include the following: Software & computing (18%), financial (11.6%), manufacturing (10.9%) and retail (9.8%) industries have the highest percentage of programmers creating big data and analytics applications today. Additional industries where big data app development is active and growing include entertainment (7.7%), telecommunications (7.5%), utilities & energy (6.6%) and healthcare (4.6%). The following graphic provides an overview of the industries addressed.” Adding to it “Total size of the data being processed (40.8%), complex, unstructured nature of the data (38.1%) and the need for real-time data analysis (17.7%) are the top three factors driving big data adoption over traditional database solutions.’ These and other insights are from the recently published report Big Data and Advanced Analytics Survey 2015, Volume I by Evans Data Corporation.”

Big Data in education sector could be influenced to enhance receptive, inspiration, latent, and problem-cracking skill among students. It can also open up a wide collection of possibilities for students and teachers by freeing their attentions, and setting them to do better things – and things that substance – rather than sticking to a standardized process of education.

According to Nasscom Data, “There was a lot of hype around big data in higher education in 2015. Colleges and universities, inundated with data from legacy systems and incentivized by renewed accountability pressures, have begun to link disparate information from across the campus.” 2 White Paper Harnessing Education by Big Data In July 2012, Yahoo set up a Grid Computing labs at IIT-Madras campus in partnership in the institute to enable researchers to access web-scale data and conduct research on Big Data issues such as search, personalized and digital advertisement.