May 25, 2022

New Report From UK: “From Bricks to Clicks – The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education”

The following report, 2016-01-27_13-15-40“From Bricks to Clicks – The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education” was formally released yesterday by the Higher Education Commission in the United Kingdom.

The report is divided into three parts:

1. Context (Including a Brief Intro to Big Data)
2. Current Landscape
3. Future Trends (Including Discussions About Digital Learning and Open Data)

and also includes case studies and 12 recommendations.

Libraries are mentioned in the report.

From the News Release:

The UK’s higher education (HE) system is one of the best known in the world for high quality education, student experience and world class research. But there is an opportunity for UK HE to do even better: by using data. Research gathered by the Commission showed that universities are crying out for guidance on better data management and need support to help their staff and systems capitalise on all the benefits that good data analytics can offer. Tech companies can now help by providing new analytics systems, training and software to make the most of data.

On Tuesday 26th January, the Higher Education Commission is launching its inquiry report, From Bricks to Clicks: the potential of data analytics in Higher Education in Parliament. The report explores what the data revolution could mean for HE and students.

Inquiry co-chair, Lord Norton, said “the Higher Education Commission saw an opportunity to investigate the state of data affairs in HE and embarked on a 10 month inquiry last year. Covering the effect that data and analytics can have for university students, higher education institutions and the HE sector as a whole, we felt that we should focus specifically on the student experience angle as this hasn’t been looked into before.”

Direct to Full Text Report (76 pages; PDF)

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