"Big Data" has been broadly defined as "the collection, aggregation...and analysis of vast amounts of increasingly granular data."1 Contemporary debates about big data have raised both interest and concern in the global graduate community.
On the one hand, graduate leaders are accustomed to using data to inform decision-making and have expressed curiosity about the potential of big data experiments in graduate education, such as the collection of data on student learning in large online courses. On the other hand, big data have been associated with a number of problems that directly concern graduate leaders, posing a number of challenges and questions:
Participants from 15 countries addressed these and other pressing questions at the 2015 Strategic Leaders Global Summit, a collaboration between CGS and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
1 Cate, F.H. (14 November 2014). The big data debate, Science 346(6211), 818.
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