Posted by: Michael Atkisson | March 21, 2012

SunGard’s Course Signals Has Some Competition: Degree Compass

University builds ‘course recommendation engine’ to steer students toward completion | Inside Higher Ed.

Austin Peay State’s Degree Compass enters the club in competition with Purdue’s (now SunGard’s) Course Signals. But supposedly, Degree Compass has predictions for before class begins. Though I am not sure what use that is because who is going to give students customized recommendations for interventions (as is done in Course Signals) when class has not begun. Maybe it is just the characterization of the article’s author, but Degree Compass sounds a little like prediction for prediction’s sake. The point of predictive analytics in higher education is for tailored education and well-timed interventions. Some interesting questions would be to see if completion indeed increases on average, and if so, for whom? and at the expense of what?

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