Learning Ahead: How Data Analytics Improves Educational Experiences – CRN


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Written by: Mr. Vimal Venkatram, Country Manager of Snowflake India

Intelligent data analysis and data intelligence can provide an opportunity for education to become more engaging and successful in terms of performance and delivery. This creates the opportunity for institutions to maximize learning objectives and provide high quality education that is meaningful and ensures consistent personal development. India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world, which ranks second in terms of higher education network comprising over 1000 universities and over 42,000 colleges. To explore the true potential of its vastness, it is crucial that institutions address some challenges at the heart of the educational landscape by exploring the benefits of data analytics.

Need a reliable and cost-effective platform with accelerated analytics for education

Insufficient access to modern cloud computing technology and platforms widens the existing gap between public and private educational institutions in India. By accessing and sharing valuable information with students, fellow educators, broader networks, and partners in real time, institutions can unlock optimal resource utilization and increased productivity beyond simple quantitative expansion.

To transform learning, institutions must be open to exploring new data sources and knowledge carriers while simultaneously developing the capacity to better manage the huge volumes of data generated by these new tools and channels. Comprehensive data analysis enables students and researchers to extract critical insights and foster learning excellence and collaboration. Many routine operations can be accelerated and automated, creating value for money at every stage of the education process.

Powerful, concurrent and flexible teaching mechanisms driven by data and AI

For several years, educators have faced challenges in the physical management of large amounts of student data and learning content. Managing the diverse needs of students also requires the ability to perform rapid, ad-hoc analytics, secure data backups, and enable seamless access to global data.

A resilient data infrastructure and powerful cloud data warehousing capabilities can meet these demands and ensure educators are not overburdened and can spend time on high-value activities.

rather than routine administration or data maintenance issues. It also helps to retain competent teachers and provide them with meritorious growth opportunities.

Simplified data analysis and its application to assess human behavior and preferences will enable institutions to create and leverage adaptive learning tools, explore game-based models and visual learning environments at different levels. It prepares educators to study test results, develop personalized learning strategies, and meet the unique needs of each student, allowing them to pursue their intrinsic areas of interest.

Establishing a culture of data-driven teaching, lesson planning, and measurable outcomes also enables educators to create lasting value for students by providing deeper understanding of concepts, targeted learning centered on students and increasing knowledge by going beyond traditional unproductive rote learning practices. This transforms the way students access and absorb learning outcomes, responds to individual learning skills, and encourages them to explore dynamic career opportunities early in their learning journey.

Empower students with the right skills and drive institutional success

With organized insight into structured and semi-structured data, teachers are better positioned to implement enhanced lesson strategies that are beneficial and interactive. Teachers can then equip students to connect the dots between different courses and increase student performance by meeting their needs in a timely and consistent manner. Supported by an improved and reliable system, teachers can minimize achievement gaps over time, based on social background and income, leading to greater equality in education by creating a level playing field for all students. Data-driven decision-making in and out of classrooms in this way helps institutions achieve important goals as set out by the National Education Policy 2020 reforms as well as inclusiveness goals and equitable quality education as targeted by UNICEF India.

By investing in expert data management platforms, institutions can exceed competitive standards, record best practices that drive results, and improve governance with easy processing and avoiding administrative bottlenecks. This provides them with greater visibility to plan budgets, donor outreach, and prospective student engagement programs, resulting in unlimited scale and institutional success.

Quality education not only improves the caliber of human capital by instilling the right skills and confidence, and expanding employment rate, but also contributes to the personal growth of the individual. With advanced data analytics paving the way for education in India, educators can successfully leverage a focused approach to overcome key challenges and build the foundations for an innovative future.

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