Big Data Means Big Questions on How That Information Is Used

"With the success of its free open online course system, called MITx, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds itself sitting on a wealth of student data that researchers might use to compare the efficacy of virtual teaching methods, and perhaps advance the field of Web-based instruction. However, the university is grappling with ethical issues raised by the collection and analysis of these huge data sets, said L. Rafael Reif, the president of MIT. “If you believe in the potential of digital learning, you have to care about the larger question: How can we harness this flood of data to generate positive change — without destroying the very idea of privacy? Parallel questions hover over our work in field after field,” he said." | 0 Comments

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