"education data" entries

Visualization of the Week: MOOC completion rates

Educational researcher Katy Jordan created an interactive visualization using completion and enrollment data from recent MOOCs.

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered through platforms such as Coursera, EdX and Udacity, are arguably helping to fill higher education needs around the world. Educational researcher Katy Jordan noted in a post, however, that “although thousands enroll for courses, a very small proportion actually complete the course.” To take a closer look, she pulled together an interactive visualization to show enrollment numbers and completion rates from recent MOOCs.

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Visualization of the Week: Visualizing marginalization

A look at the World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) interactive visualization tool.

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report team launched a new visualization tool this week, the World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE).

This is far more than a typical visualization that presents information in an interesting way. WIDE is an interactive website that lets users mine and explore the data themselves.

The about page on the WIDE website explains that the tool pulls together education data from more than 60 countries. Users can compare education levels and availability between countries and groups, and results can narrow down to parameters such as gender, ethnicity, location and wealth. The data is freely available and can be downloaded in an Excel spreadsheet. Charts, tables or maps created by users can also be shared.

The following screenshot shows an example of the data explored through specific indicators — in this case, populations living in extreme education poverty:

See the full version of this visualization.

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Strata Week: Cloudera founder has a new data product

Odiago hints at the future of Hadoop-based services, Hortonworks shows off its products, and big data comes to edu material.

Cloudera's founder launches Odiago, a new data startup. Elsewhere, Hortonworks reveals its suite of Hadoop products and services, and Knewton and Pearson bring big data to education content.