Gartner Research

A Quick Look at Big Data in Education, 2012

Published: 08 August 2012

ID: G00236687

Analyst(s): William Rust, Jan-Martin Lowendahl


Big data has the potential to inform instructional practice and lead to improved student outcomes. Current and emerging solutions are facilitating the translation of data into applicable instructional information.

Table Of Contents


  • Basic "Big Data" Definition
  • Status of Big Data in Education
  • Main Application Areas of Big Data in Education
    • Pre-Class
    • In Situ Class (During Class)
    • Post-Class
  • Major Opportunities (Through 2015)
    • Expanding Datasets
    • Combining Datasets
    • Analysis of Data
  • Major Challenges Through 2015
  • Recommendations

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