Oct 242014
 
 October 24, 2014  Youth & Schools

Benjamin Herold reports:

A coalition of prominent research universities is receiving federal support to redesign and scale up a massive repository for storing, sharing, and analyzing learning and behavioral data that students generate when using digital instructional tools, demonstrating the continued faith that many personalized-learning proponents have in the power of “big data” to transform schooling.

But the project, which is dubbed “LearnSphere” and in some respects echoes the ill-fated attempt by controversial nonprofit inBloom to facilitate the collection and sharing of large amounts of educational information, also raises raising new questions in the highly charged debate over student-data privacy.

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