Solving the Learning Data Puzzle: The Unizin Common Data Model

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If you’re thinking about how to improve student success – and who isn’t in higher ed? – then data and analytics about teaching and learning are probably on your mind. It can be a daunting subject. There is so much data all around us – about students and courses; the planning, design, and delivery of instruction; and learning behaviors and results – that it may feel overwhelming. How can all of this… Read More

Data Management: The Fundamentals

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  Data is becoming the most valuable digital asset, and getting data management right is as critical an issue for universities as other businesses. For Unizin, this is non-negotiable: Data belongs to the universities and needs to be accessible and standardized to enable institutions to use that information as they see fit. A common data model and architecture can accelerate management of this data for all of higher education, while allowing universities… Read More

Using Data in Higher Ed

Amin Qazi

Unizin is a very special collaborative effort. Our Consortium exists because of a vision shared by thought leaders at some of the nation’s most respected research universities. We are not a technology concern, but an organization committed to the improvement of teaching and learning. As part of that mission, we collect data on student engagement during the learning process, and we believe that data is the key to unlocking the next iteration… Read More

Little Tools for “Big” Data

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Big Data has been a hot topic in technology circles for several years now. Thanks to hardware and software advances and improved purchasing and deployment processes, we are able to employ more systems to analyze more data than ever before.

Diving into Canvas Data at the University of Iowa

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Diving into data is not for the faint of heart. Just ask Sam Van Horne. Working for the University of Iowa Office of Assessment and liaison to Unizin, Van Horne is surrounded by data all day–tables and lists, schemas and sets of it. As the University of Iowa nears the halfway point in its Canvas migration, Van Horne and his team have started exploring what kind of data the learning management system… Read More