With all the talk about evaluation and metrics in education, WCET and the Gates Foundation are pursuing a new achievable approach. Their work contrasts with typical “big iron” state education data systems, many of which never go live.
Ellen Wagner, WCET Executive Director, has announced an exciting multi-state initiative to tap existing educational data rather than create yet another study:
Just think about it – vast numbers of today’s online learning transactions are regularly captured in Content Management Systems, Learning Management Systems, Student Information Systems, and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. We have a ton of data describing A LOT about what happens when students – and faculty – are online.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the participant list, which includes both public and for-profit institutions, including APUS. Whoa!
The WCET project is right in line with some of the amazing work being led by Todd Park at HHS to free the health data that has been collected on patient health.