Data-Driven Education

2016 ~ Present


This team focuses on the effects that data are having in shaping education, on how new, rich, educational data sources can be used to improve content, instruction, and learning. Specifically, we look to the vast array of data that can be collected around educational opportunities at Georgia Tech and how those data shape educational practice.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Georgia Tech utilizes a variety of digital platforms to foster education from our learning management systems to Piazza discussion forums to MOOC platforms such as Coursera and edX. These platforms generate myriad data points about the trajectory of learning, ranging from content and video consumption to forum participation to assessments of learning to background characteristics of the learners. However, much of this information goes unused both in terms of research for understanding learners and research for improving instruction.

Methods and Technologies

  • Big Data
  • Learning Analytics
  • Educational Research
  • Learning Science
  • Social Statistics
  • Hypothesis Testing

Academic Majors of Interest

  • BusinessGeneral Management
  • BusinessIT Management
  • ComputingComputational Media
  • ComputingComputer Science
  • EngineeringComputer Engineering
  • EngineeringElectrical Engineering
  • Other
  • SciencesPhysics
  • SciencesStatistics

Preferred Interests and Preparation

CmpE, CS, CM – Background/interest in systems, databases, information security, networking. Database and server configuration experience would be helpful but is not required. STC, HSTS – Background/Interest in statistical methods for hypothesis testing using behavioral data. R, SPSS, SAS experience helpful but not required. MGMT, Analytics – Background/interest acquisition and management of large data streams, creation and interpretation of mathematical models. PHYS – Background/interest in improving/enhancing physics instruction.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Klaus 1440
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Jeonghyun (Jonna) Lee
  • Center for 21st Century Universities
Dr. Stephen Harmon
  • Georgia Tech Professional Education
Dr. Meryem Yilmaz Soylu
  • Center for 21st Century Universities
Dr. Eric Sembrat
  • Center for 21st Century Universities