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January 29, 2016

Data-Based Learning : Revolution in Methodology

Data-Based Learning has been recognized as one of the most important aspects of content and value generation in the 21st century. Yet, despite all the advancements, we are yet to associate the effect of data at the grass root level: Schools. Not anymore.

Several firms are coming up with innovative ways to identify trends and combine data from several sources into the schooling system with excellent preliminary results. Not only does this help the school goers with support for learning, it helps the administrative and the teaching staff in identifying trends for imparting the education far more smoothly and efficiently as well.

Focus on the Students

In the traditional system of schooling, it can be easily argued that it was impossible to focus on each individual student. After all, no teacher had the exhaustive set of data needed on each individual student to cater to his/her personal requirements. However, with the advent of ample data being available in real time or at least near real time in Data-Based Learning, that becomes not only a possibility, but a fact. Whether it is personalizing web content for a student or setting goals based on the performance that a student exhibits, data enables truly personalized learning at a pace that is suitable for each member in the school. And since each of the learning modules are truly personal, the tests administered for gauging individual performance can be tailor made as well. Not only does this really single out the depth of learning, it ensures that each student is paid specific attention to. It has been surmised that with this kind of data-based learning approach, even backward students can catch up to the rest of the class at their own pace.

Data-Based Learning : Right Opportunities for the Desired Outcome

It has often been speculated that the reason why students do not perform to the best of their capabilities is because they do not feel that the curriculum that is being taught and the method of teaching are the most efficient ways of doing so. In short, they are not really interested. Would you really be interested if you had to sit in a single place all day long listening to lectures? However, that is exactly the current process of teaching. Thus, data-based learning focuses on teaching specifically the subjects that need to be taught at a pace comfortable to the students. No longer does the school hours need to be bound to a specific subject. Since most of the teaching is based on an interactive system, it can be efficiently administered based on the level of mastery each individual student exhibits.

Preparation for the Future                             

At the end of the day, the ultimate aim of a school is to prepare a student for his/her future. With a data-based system, inculcating the right values and habits in a student becomes far easier as a continuous growth curve is available at any time for parents, teachers and the students themselves to see. From rote based learning to creative learning and imparting the real content through successful habits, it can all be consolidated into a data-based system.

Data-based learning is a proven method for real student progress. Several schools that have taken up the model have reported success rates of as much as 40%. The introduction of technology through Digital Classroom solutions, such as the one developed by Cetrix, has been instrumental in achieving this level of progress, which is impressive considering the fact that schools are just beginning to implement data-driven learning.

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About Stewart Balanchine
Stewart is the Director of Market Development and Innovation - Inbound Marketing Strategies and Educational Technology Platforms at Cetrix. An evangelist of 21st century Education Technology, he is a regular contributor in this blog. He writes to share ideas in helping others in the transformation process and tackles technology integration in the classroom in depth.

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