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Episode 95: ‘Learning Analytics’ Could Lead to ‘Wal-Martification’ of College

Gardner Campbell

A number of experiments are using new kinds of data – such as how many times a student has clicked on an e-textbook or logged in to a class Web page – to measure and guide learning in new ways. That could improve the student experience, but it could also end up dumbing down college, argues Gardner Campbell, director of professional development and innovative initiatives at Virginia Tech.

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