How to Learn to Stop Worrying and Start Loving Student Data
The story if human history is one of discovery, of new things or places that couldn't be imagined before, and - that often frightened us as much as they excited us. This definitely seems to be the case with "big data" today.
We engage with data all day long as we use Facebook or Google, but we worry about where it might take us, especially when it comes to our children and gathering student data.
As this commentary in EdSurge points out, we can learn to manage this fear and harness the power of data with a simple solution: empathy. In fact, there are research studies that show how organizations using data and empathy together are more successful than those who don't. If we use it openly, carefully, and above all compassionately, we can use student data for good.
With it, we can understand what students are learning and how they are learning, and then personalize learning and even give custom, real-time feedback so every student can adjust “in the moment” and avoid frustration, which leads to a better experience overall. This will transform learning as we know it.
What do you think we need to do as we start to use data in education?
About Ahmed Saeed
Ahmed is clear about what counts: people and potential. He's inspired to grow an educational system that truly understands, embraces and supports student differences, and is determined to build a company that will help. His experience at Deloitte & Touche (Middle East), Hood Oil (Yemen), the HSA Group (Brazil) and volunteering for NGOs give him the expertise and perspective to make that possible.
Ahmed shapes strategy and directs the company's finances, managing accounts to international standards, develops strategic partnerships and secures funding. He's earned his masters degree in international business, bachelors in business (finance) and is working towards his certification as a financial analyst.